Such an Old World fruit, pears have been adored throughout time. Our adoration shows in the variety of pears which appear at the market from late summer into a good portion of the winter months. It is believed that to eat of the flesh of the pear is to know contentment. Just before biting into a perfectly ripe pear, the mouth waters. Once the sweet juice slooshes onto the tongue, the mind eases into a pleasure which grounds all nervous energy.