What am I?
I'm delicate like a rose, that's because I come from the rose family. I'm usually green or yellow, but I can be brown, red, and a bit orange. I'm known for my shape, but I can be round like an apple, too.
Where I grow
I grow on a tree that lives a long time, around 75 years! My tree can even be used to make musical instruments and furniture. Before I grow, my tree grows flowers. The flowers are usually white or pink and have 5 petals. I am grown mostly in Oregon and Washington states today.
After I'm picked
I'm tough on the tree, but after I'm picked I ripen. When I become ripe, I am soft on the inside. In fact, I'm so soft that people used to call me "butter fruit."
I am handpicked off the tree. Then I'm hand packed into boxes and sent to grocery stores.
Did you guess... Pear
That's right! There are over 3,000 kinds of pears! Pears are great raw, canned, or baked!
What do you call two fruits that like to joke?
A PEAR of jokesters! Get it?
Besides making a good pun, pears are a delicious fruit that dates back to 1,000 BC! That's a long time ago! Even though it is native to Europe and Africa, the United States is now the largest producer of pears.
HOW IT GROWS
Pears grow on trees. The trees can live to 50-75 years old! The trees grow more than beautiful pears, they grow white (and sometimes pink) blossoms. The wood is also used to make musical instruments, furniture, and more!
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HOW TO EAT IT
Pears can be enjoyed raw, canned, and baked!
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