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Kentucky Color - IncomPEARable
Billy Joe Fudge sees fewer and fewer of these beautiful trees with their wonderful fruit, trees which seem to otherwise thrive in this area of Kentucky. He'd like to see a effort to restore this seemingly endangered fruit tree
Next earlier Kentucky Color: Black Walnut Grove.
By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired Kentucky State District Forester
Old Time Pear Trees such as the one on Lindsey Wilson's campus, in the accompanying photo, produces a fruit which Yellow Jackets and Adair Countians past and present considered and consider an incomparable fruit or food.
Yellow Jackets, wasps and other flying fruit connoisseurs seem to fall into a feeding frenzy that reminds me of human feeding habits especially at family, church and community reunions. Both seem to fall into a coma-like state that renders them oblivious to the dangers that might come from overeating and or nearby cameramen.
I do know from personal experience that about a bushel of pears can produce enough internal gas pressure to turn the neighbors "cock of the walk" 1700 pound Maine Anjou bull into a passive little puppy dog requiring a visit from the local veterinarian.
Pears are a wonderful fruit from which a most sought after pear honey and pear preserves is produced. Our forefathers simply cherished these delicacies and placed their pear trees and orchards high upon their "bragging list".
I think we need a national movement here in Adair County to help restore this seemingly endangered fruit tree - The Old Time Pear. We might even consider elevating it to the National Tree of Adair County.
Comments on the National Tree of Adair County movement, on Pear Trees in Your Past, pear recipes including wine recipes, are welcome
This story was posted on 2010-10-15 15:08:25
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