The pear tree and shrub are a species of genus Pyrus /ˈpaɪrəs/, in the family Rosaceae, bearing the pomaceous fruit of the same name. Several species of pears are valued for their edible fruit and juices, while others are cultivated as trees.
The tree is medium-sized and native to coastal and mildly temperate regions of Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Pearwood is one of the preferred materials in the manufacture of high-quality woodwind instruments and furniture. About 3000 known varieties of pears are grown worldwide, which vary in both shape and taste. The fruit is consumed fresh, canned, as juice, or dried.
For many centuries honey has been the main dessert for the Belarusians. Solodukha (malt dough), Kulaga (a thick beverage made from berries, flour, sugar, and honey), and baked apples were also popular.
The recipes that are famous in Belarus include sweet pancakes with cottage cheese and Pears a la Radziwill, which is a simply delicious dessert of pears baked in egg yolks and honey.
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