The pear tree originated in Asia Minor. Unknown in Egypt and Syria, pears were enjoyed in Greece where they were introduced from north of the Balkans. Pliny mentions some forty types. The Romans spread it through Europe. In the 17<sup>th</sup> century, as was the case with apples, there were desert pears, cooking pears and cider pears. The pear tree is best suited for temperate regions, but some species have been able to survive our winters, most particularly in the Montréal area. It grows well in espalier and the walls protect it from spring frosts, its worst enemy.