The pear tree is native to Europe and Asia and is now grown throughout the world in temperate climates.
The genus Pyrus comprises of more than twenty species, some of them being commercially cultivated.
Pears are similar to apples in many respects - including the botanical structure of the fruit.
They differ from apples in having grit cells (a grainy texture) in the flesh of the fruit.
Like apples, pears contain cyanogenic glucosides in the seeds, which can be toxic if eaten in large quantities.
Among other uses, pears are used in the making of liqueurs and fruit brandies, such as the French eau-de-vie.
Here in Denmark, the pear tree grows wild in many types of soil in open woods, wood edges, hedgerows, and along beach edges. Mostly found in the south-eastern parts of the country.