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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
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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

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Kentucky Color: Old Time Pear Tree has range of devotees

2010-10-15 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Lindsey Wilson Campus, Columbia, KY
The wonderful fruit of the Old Time Pear Tree is loved by a wide range of connoisseurs, from raging bulls, to people to this stinging insect, above feeding on fallen fruit from a tree which has been a part of the Lindsey Wilson Campus for many decades and which is still, despite ravages of wind and old age, was laden with fruit this year.

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Pear Tree at Lindsey Wilson College

2010-10-17 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Blue Raider DR, Columbia, KY
An Old Time Pear Tree on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College has been around for years and still provides a heavy fruit crop, despite the ravages of storms over the year. B.J. Fudge has started a movement to make the Old Time Pear Tree the National Tree of Adair County.

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