When it comes to pears, there are thousands of varieties to choose from but most of us are familiar with the Bartlett pear, which has a lovely light green hue and appealing bell shape. Aside from being juicy and delicious, pears provide a range of health benefits. Join Fine Dining Lovers as we discover some fun facts about Bartlett pears and wonderful recipes.
Bartlett Pear: What's in a Name?
Did you know Bartlett pears are known as Williams pears outside the United States? The Williams pear was originally discovered by an English schoolmaster named Mr. Stair in 1765. The pear variety was later acquired by Williams' Bon Chretien, a horticulturist who propagated the fruit.
Later, in 1799, a few Williams trees were imported to the United States by Mr. James Carter. These pear trees were planted in Roxbury, Massachusetts on an estate belonging to Thomas Brewer. Eventually, a man by the name of Enoch Bartlett acquired the Brewer estate and began selling the pears under his name.
It wasn't until 1828, with the arrival of new pear trees from Europe that people realized Bartlett pears and Williams pears were the same variety, according to USA Pears.
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