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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Eating Bradford Pears

As I sat in my friend's yard, I pondered the questions I posed to her. "Do Bradford pear trees have pears?" She said, "No."  Why, yes they do. I got up and looked and there they were. "Are they edible?" I don't experiment with eating fruit to see if it will kill me or not, give me diarrhea or not, destroy organs or not.

At home, I found out; indeed, you can eat Bradford pears. The Internet and extension service okayed eating the tiny fruit. The next time I was there, I ate one, then several. This year, I will try to get enough to make some jelly or jam or something.

Some sites on the Internet say Bradford pears are inedible. That only means that they are not a desirable fruit. The taste is pleasant to me. They will not make you sick or poison you at all!

They are tiny, almost invisible! Really, they cannot be more than 3/8 inch in diameter. They problem is that I am not getting on a ladder to reach enough to work with. Only trees with low-hanging limbs will work for me.

No, that is not in my yard. It is from the internet. I believe most Bradford pear trees are though blooming. My gasoline won't go look for one.

Your turn
Have you ever eaten or jammed Bradford pears? If so, how did it go? Any advice?  

8 comments:

  1. I personally haven't but my grandma used to eat them all the time. She has never turned them into jam but would often eat them as snacks through out the day.

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  2. Jackson, there were probably too few to jam. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  3. Hi This is Helen and I have a friend who have a Bradford Pear Tree and it has a lot of fruit and I keep on eating them.For me it taste good, and nothing happen to me.

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  4. Hi Helen,
    I know two Helens! Which are you? Good for you. They are so tiny that it takes many to fill up. So, there is food for you if anything ever happens. Thanks for the information.

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  5. I am wondering about the leaves....can they be used for tea?

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    1. Anon,
      I don't know about the leaves and tea. Sorry.

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  6. I made jelly with it tonight. It produced a pleasant sweet tart flavor. I added a stick of cinnamon while cooking. The jelly had a beautiful red tint to it. I will probably do it again.

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    1. Dr. Mom,
      Thanks for the information! It sounds delicious. It must be beautiful.

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