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[nafex] Big 4 Commercial Pears

After researching heirloom pears for several weeks and interviewing 4
growers of the same, I have a burning question that you experts may be able
to answer.  Why are the big 4 commercial pear varieties--Bartlett, Bosc,
Anjou and Comice-- a couple of centuries old?  One would think that hybrids
with their improved disease resistance, etc. would have replaced these
heirloom varieties.  Is it taste?  Is it lack of imagination?  Or what?
Please venture forth with your opinions.
Doreen Howard
In Wisconsin, where it's snowing and snowing.

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