Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Provenance of Pears

Happy National Pear Month!
Can you solve this amusing pear-adox?

Three monks were passing,
Three pears were hanging,
Each took one,
And two remained.

Red, yellow, green or golden brown...pears are one of my favorite fruits and I've always got a heaping binful in my fridge.

Little did I know they have such a noble heritage!

Ancient Egyptians honored pears as a sacred symbol of Isis
Early Christians wrote of pears in connection with Jesus' love for mankind
The pear in China has long represented the ideals of grace, nobility and comfort
Korean legends endow the pear with the powers of fertility and good fortune
Western civilizations associate the pear with affection and the human heart

And let's not forget that playful partridge in the pear tree.  :)

Low cal, high fiber, sweet crunchy pears are a deliciously elegant way to energy-boost your brunch...

from Julie at The Simple Veganista

from Annie at Meet The Shannons

from Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point

from Lauren at The Oatmeal Artist

from Janet at the taste space

from Jodi at happy hearted kitchen

from Alanna at The Model House Wife

from Emily at Muffin Topped

What's your favorite kind of pear? Do you buy organic? How do you boost your energy in the morning?

Riddle and history source (pdf):
The Pear in History, Literature, Popular Culture, and Art by Jules Janick
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Pear-adox explanation: One of the monks was named Each.  ;)


  1. Il love pears of all types! Baked is good, and with chocolate in a cake too. I find conferene the best for baking, and Williams red or yellow for munching. In teresting post, thanks:)

  2. I love pears, too, but haven't had any since moving to Texas. I have been distracted by other fruits. I should remedy that. Thank you for including one of my dishes :)