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The next time you are grocery shopping, stop by the pears, hold one aloft and proclaim, "The noble Pear! Gift of the gods!” When security arrives, explain the following: It was Homer, the 8th century Greek poet, not Bart's dad, who described the fruit as the gift of the gods in his seminal work The Odyssey. Wild pears grew throughout the southern Mediterranean in those times and were considered an important natural food source. In fact, botanists in ancient Rome, interested in developing varieties that could be cultivated throughout the Roman Empire, (which ranged from scorching North Africa to chilly England) grafted more than 50 pear varieties. At this time pears were also being cultivated widely in many parts of China but the ones we are most familiar with in North America originated from the Romans. The first of these arrived in the New World with the British who brought seedlings with them to the early colonies. The most famous of these, and the most commonly consumed pear to this day is the Bartlett pear, first planted by Enoch Bartlett at his nursery in Dorchester Massachusetts. If the grocery store security guards won't listen to your story, calm them down by inviting them over for a cup of this tea. The sweet and tart subtleties of pear will definitely help soothe their nerves. Then, while you have them seated, start in on the history of tea!
What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors?
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