Traditional Pears Fall to Supermarket Demands

As supermarket demands grow higher the traditional pear tree shrinks and becomes less diverse. The tall varieties of the past may now be found in old orchards and along forgotten lanes.

Featuring a directory of 500 varieties of both ancient and modern pears with tasting notes and descriptions for every one, "The Book of Pears" reveals the secrets of the pear as a status symbol, introduces readers to some of the most celebrated fruit growers in history, and explains how the pear came to be so important as an international commodity
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