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The Pear Necessities

September 24, 2009


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

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