I have two pear trees. Of the two, this is always the most productive, but the other is the better tasting, because the fruit is more firm and lasts much better. I prefer crunchy over juicy every time.
Pears grow well in temperate climates and they have been around as a food source for some considerable time; the word pear occurs in all of the Celtic languages and the Romans would eat them stewed, flavoured with spices and honey.
Did you know that the word pyriform refers to somethng which is pear shaped? That's one to add to my mental dictionary.