Pear FAQs:

Q: Is a pear any of several tree and shrub species of genus Pyrus /ˈpaɪrəs/?

A: Yes, and in the family Rosaceae.

Q: Are pears optimally stored refrigerated?

A: Yes, and uncovered in a single layer, where they have a shelf life of 2 to 3 days.

Q: Is a pear produced on spurs?

A: Yes, and which appear on shoots more than one year old.

Q: Is a pear normally propagated by grafting a selected variety onto a rootstock?

A: Yes, and which may be of a pear variety or quince.

Q: Is a pear ripe?

A: Yes, and sweet, and juicy.

Q: Is a pear green but dry and hard?

A: Yes, and only edible after several hours of cooking.

Q: Are pears consumed fresh?

A: Yes, and canned, as juice, and dried.

Q: Are pears deciduous?

A: Yes, but one or two species in southeast Asia are evergreen.

Q: Are pears allowed to ripen on the tree?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a pear valued for their edible fruit and juices?

A: Yes, while others are cultivated as ornamental trees.

Q: Are pears ripe when the flesh around the stem gives to gentle pressure?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a pear also cultivated by the Romans?

A: Yes, and who ate the fruits raw or cooked, just like apples.

Q: Is a pear native to coastal and mildly temperate regions of the Old World?

A: Yes, and from western Europe and north Africa east right across Asia.

Q: Are pears grown worldwide?

A: Yes.