• Benjamin J. E. Teskey
  • James S. Shoemaker


Together with all the other deciduous tree fruits discussed in this book, the pear belongs to the family Rosaceae. It is very closely related botanically to the apple with which it was placed in the same genus by Linnaeus. The pear cultivars commonly grown commercially and discussed in this text are the occidental pears Pyrus communis, the common pear of Europe and Western Asia. Like the apple, the pear fruit is classed botanically as a pome (see under Apples). Each of the leathery carpels contains 2 seeds and the receptacle and ovary wall become fleshy to constitute the edible portion of the fruit (Weir et al. 1971).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin J. E. Teskey
    • 1
  • James S. Shoemaker
    • 2
  1. 1.Horticultural Science Ontario Agricultural CollegeUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Agricultural Experiment StationUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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