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Pears The pear comes from a tree native to Asia Minor. It has been cultivated for over 3,000 years. It is a member of the large rose family, and is related to the apple, almond, and apricot. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks, Roman, and Chinese praised the pear. It was grown wild. Pears became largely popular in the 16th century. Today there are over 5,000 varieties of pears. Only a handful are used for marketing, though some grow wild, or are on private estates.
GINGER Ginger is an edible rhizome of the tropical herb Zingiber officnale. It is gnarly and has papery skin with pale greenish to yellow to ivory flesh. Ginger’s origins are so old that it can not be traced back. However, is is known as a vital ingredient in Chinese cuisine during the Chou period, 1200- 221 BC. It was revered as a symbol of purity.
The word ginger comes from the Sanskirt word for “horn root.” Ginger also was a staple of the Confucian diet. Gi