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The Deceitful Pear of the Boboli Gardens

Video in Italian | A fruit concealing its true identity

Since the Renaissance, fruit trees have been grown inside the Boboli Gardens. Over the centuries, the Medici family collected a large compendium of biodiversity, including many varieties of fruit trees. In a particular area of ​​the Boboli Gardens facing the Kaffeehaus, some old varieties dating from the 18th century can still be admired.
Today we talk about the so-called "Deceitful Pear", which owes its name to the difference it shows between its external appearance and its inside qualities. The skin is greenish at first and yet it does not get colour during its ripening rather resembling a rotten green fruit, while it is instead ripe inside. A fruit that apparently hides its true identity.
The "Deceitful Pear" must be harvested before its full ripening because, once stored, it keeps on ripening for a while and can be later used to make tasty and delicious jams.

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