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In praise of ancient fruit -- our historic pears with 12 recipes
In praise of ancient fruit -- our historic pears with 12 recipes

We make a lot of fuss over heirloom peach varieties that date back to the 1960s and tomatoes that go back as far as the 1930s. But did you know that the Bartlett pear, that standard California grocery store fruit, actually dates back to the 1770s? Called the Williams pear in England where it was first found, the Bartlett gets its name from Enoch Bartlett, who was the first person to sell the trees in the U.S. in the early 1800s. (Similarly, it’s original name came from the British nurseryman who introduced it there.) "Barts" are the predominant pear grown in California, and there are two growing sites with very different fruit. The earliest pears were harvested in...

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