Pear Orchards in China?

The Chinese may have been picking pears since circa 2100 BCE, but for sure the Greeks have been growing and picking pears since 900 BCE.

      2100 BCE – 900 BCE
      China, Greece

Additional Information:

  • Pear – Wikipedia
    The pear is any of several tree and shrub species of genus Pyrus /ˈpaɪrəs/, in the family Rosaceae. It is also the name of the pomaceous fruit of the trees. Several species of pear are valued for their edible fruit and juices, while others are cultivated as ornamental trees.
  • Pyrus pyrifolia – Wikipedia
    Pyrus pyrifolia is a species of pear tree native to East Asia. The tree’s edible fruit is known by many names, including: Asian pear, Chinese pear, Korean pear, Japanese pear, Taiwanese pear, and sand pear. Along with cultivars of P. × bretschneideri and P. ussuriensis, the fruit is also called the nashi pear.
  • Pear Orchard – China culture – History Cultural China
    Emperor Li Longji of the Tang Dynasty loved music. He himself could play several kinds of musical instruments as well as compose music. He selected 300 young men and palace maids and settled them in pear orchard in the capital, Chang’an. The Emperor taught them in person to sing and play musical instruments. They were called “the emperor’s pear orchard pupils.” Later, the term “pear orchard” came to refer to operatic circles, and opera performers were called “pear orchard pupils.”
  • Pear History – Moraga Historical Society
    Seedlings of pear trees planted by the padres at San Juan Bautista are now, more than 200 years later, the oldest fruit trees in California. They remain in a fair state of vigor in spite of long neglect, producing large amounts of fruit yearly.

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