As far back as 5000 B.C. pears have appeared in ancient stories and records. They are one of the world's oldest cultivated fruits. Because they can be cultivated in different climates, they are grown in many countries throughout the world.
Pears in the United States
In the United States, pears are mostly grown in the western part of the country. Half of the pears produced in the U.S. are grown in Washington. Oregon and California also produce a large number of pears. Pears are also grown throughout Idaho, primarily in the southwest Snake River Valley.
Pears Around the World
In Europe, the countries that produce the most pears are Italy, Spain and Germany. France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Poland and Austria also produce a large amount of pears. In South America, pears are widely produced in Argentina and Chile. These countries produce pears that supply most of the U.S. pear import market. In Asia, pears are grown throughout China and many are imported to the United States.
Pears provide several sources of nutrition. They contain dietary fibre and are a source of potassium. Fresh pears also provide Vitamin C, and have no cholesterol, sodium or saturated fat.