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A Japanese Pear

The tastes of the Japanese people are different from those of Europeans and Americans, and their fruits have been modified to meet these tastes, through long generations of conscious or unconscious selection. The Japanese and European pears have common ancestors, and they have not diverged so widely that they cannot be interbred. By such interbreeding, Mr. Burbank unites the different racial strains, and produces new varieties.

A Japanese Pear

This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 3 Chapter 1