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Re: [nafex] Big 4 Commercial Pears

At 02:53 PM 11/16/2000 -0600, Doreen wrote:
>   Why are the big 4 commercial pear varieties--Bartlett, Bosc,
>Anjou and Comice?
>  Is it taste?

Never understood it myself - to my palate, it COULDN'T be taste.  Never 
could like those soft, mushy, tasteless things that came out of the grocery 
- maybe one off the tree would have been better.
However, I will concede that having grown up in the hot, humid Deep South, 
where my sole exposure to pears was Keiffer, Pineapple, and Seckel,  to me, 
a pear is supposed to be hard, gritty, sweet, and very juicy - it's just 
what my palate 'expects' a pear should be.
I'm hoping I won't be dismally disappointed once my Warren, Magness, Ayers, 
and other varieties come into bearing.

Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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