Deputy TV Editor, Asia
Ahmed's Feed
Sep 24, 2009
via Changing China

The Pear Necessities


¬†On a lighter note here is a story that we enjoyed this week out of China.In the classical Chinese novel “Journey to the West” an imaginary fruit in the shape of a baby gives those who eat it immortality.Northern Chinese farmer Hao Xianzhang is not hoping to live forever by turning fiction into fact, he hopes the fabled fruit can sell.The 45-year-old has cultivated 18,000 baby-shaped pears in his orchard this year, hoping to find a new way to make a fortune.A mould made out of plastic applied to young pears for a six-month growth period finally provided the desired results.Click below to see how the farmer gets his pears in shape.¬†Photo credit: REUTERS/Pillar Lee