What am I?
I'm delicate like a rose 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 unique shape, but I can be round like an apple, too.
Can you guess what I am?
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. Orchards and backyard trees are common places to find me. When my blossoms bloom, it's a sign of spring. I prefer climates with a mix of warm and cool temperatures, like Oregon and Washington.
After I'm picked
I'm tough on the tree, but I ripen after I'm picked. 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. You can eat me fresh or use me in baking desserts or add to salads.
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!
DID YOU KNOW
HOW TO EAT IT
Pears can be enjoyed raw, canned, and baked!
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