Pears are a domestic fruit that is predominantly grown in the Western Cape region of South Africa. This fruit is in season from February to August, and the bulk of production is exported to countries such as the United Kingdom. The rest are sold locally. Areas known for pear production include Elgin, Ceres, and Wolseley.
The bell-shaped, textured fruit is versatile and can be enjoyed in a range of ways, including raw, cooked, dried or preserved. It is high in fibre and a good source of vitamin C and potassium. Its high levels of antioxidants and nutrients help build the immune system, which makes it a popular choice for baby food.