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GROWER DISTRICTS & VARIETIES

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Grower Districts

The Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington produce 84% of the nation’s commercial fresh pear crop. There are about 1,600 pear growers in four principal growing districts located in this region.

California grows about 15% of the nation’s fresh pears and the remaining 1% are grown in Pennsylvania and New York.

The U.S. is the world’s third-largest pear producing country after China and Argentina, respectively.

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medford

Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley is as rich in lush, USA Pear orchards as the surrounding area is rich in history. The area around Medford and the neighboring town of Jacksonville, a designated National Historic Landmark, serves as a time capsule dating from Oregon's early pioneering days.

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midcolumbia

The Columbia River flows through the Columbia Gorge as it passes through the Mid-Columbia region. This rich growing region stretches from White Salmon, Washington south to Hood River, Oregon. Here, thousands of acres of USA Pears flourish under th

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wenatchee

This region is identified by the city of Wenatchee, located in the North Central Washington growing district. Named for the "Wenatchi," a Native American tribe from the region, the word is believed to mean "river flowing through canyons," a fitting description of the turbulent rapids of the Wenatchee River that tumbles through the surrounding canyons.

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yakima

According to Native American tradition, the word Yakima means "Black Bear" and/or "People of the narrow river." Each year the plentiful water and rich, light, fertile soil of the beautiful Yakima Valley brings thousands of acres of USA Pear trees into bloom.

Pear Varieties

There are 10 principal pear varieties grown in Washington and Oregon, and pears from these two states are in season nearly year-round.


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