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I was putzing around our yard a couple of weeks ago when I noticed yet another undiscovered treasure hidden in plain sight: pear trees.

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The previous owner of this place was a horticulturalist who had a penchant for trees. Do you know how that makes this tree person feel? It’s as though she planted these trees for me, for the day when I would live here, for the day when I would call this place home and all these trees would be for me alone to love.

I digress. What was I saying? Oh yes, the pear trees.

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These pears are tiny; they can fit in the palm of my hand.

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They are as hard as rocks, but that’s not unusual for unripened pears.

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I’ve googled them, and they look like Anjou pears, but they aren’t as large as the grocery-store variety. My neighbor told me they are “canning” pears.

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This burgeoning country girl kick-started her country-ness by identifying this confounding fruit as the Kieffer pear – a pear that must be cooked before eaten.

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Now it’s time to learn what to do with them. I wish MawMaw were here.

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