Genus: Pyrus Pyrifolia
Common name: Nashi pear / apple pear
I was visiting Uttarakhand in February and chanced to see a whole lot of fruit trees in their skeletal avatar which is just before the blossoms make their appearance. So its no surprise for me to be sharing one fruit tree for this fortnight’s session of Thursday Tree Love.
Uttarakhand is rightly called the fruit bowl of India as its abundant in orchards for various fruits like Pear, Apricot, Plum, Peach, etc. Its many stepped landscape is home to rows and rows of fruit trees and this one caught my attention. I was out for a morning walk in the rustic village of Parvada, when I spotted this bare tree standing with its arms stretched wide apart as if to hug someone.
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I inquired from a passerby who informed me that this is a Pear (nashpati) tree. Not quite sure which variety of Pear would this tree be but since the region grows the apple pear variant, I am going with that.
I had the good fortune to come upon one tree on which the blossoms had started to make an appearance. The tiny white flowers will soon dry and fade out to give birth to little fruit buds. I just love how abundantly the flowers cover the tree though not all of them will transition into a fruit.
Did you know that in Japanese, nashi means pear? While in Nepali its called a Nashpati! This pear is almost round like an apple and is therefore also called apple pear, often causing people to think its a cross between a pear and an apple.
Joining in the #Thursdaytreelove linky with Parul which is a fortnightly feature every month.
My previous post for this linky can be found here