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On this week’s segment of Garden Goodies we enjoyed pears from Justin Loew’s garden! Pears have been around for thousands of years, originating in the Tian Shan mountains of China, and are currently  grown all over the world.

The majority of the world’s pears (70%) are grown in China.

There are over 3000 varieties of pears grown in the world, which makes it difficult to determine what variety is growing in Justin’s backyard.
It is probably a Summer crisp variety, which was developed at the University of Minnesota in 1933 and is adapted to a bit colder climate. Since the tree is very large and unable to be pruned, the pears do not get too big, in addition in order to collect them Justin has to put tarps or blankets on the ground and then pick them up after they fall.
There are many ways to enjoy pears.
The variety that is growing in Justin Loew’s backyard is not the best eaten raw, so he preserves them.
Justin doesn’t like to add sugar to most things he makes or preserves, but pears are more of a treat so he adds a cup or less of sugar to each batch of approximately 4 quarts.

Neena Pacholke

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