The "Big Mac" of pears now welcomes the harvest season on Futian Farm, Suzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province. The fruit belongs to the Ya pear variety, or Chinese white pear, native to northern China. Each of these crispy and juicy big pears on the farm weigh nearly 2 kg on average. The largest one weighs 2.35 kg, measuring more than 15 cm in diameter, said Tao Yudong, the farm head.
"Ordinary Ya pears weigh about 1 kg. The secret of our large-sized pears lies in the sandy loam soil we use, which is suitable for the growth of fruit trees. We have also innovated the cultivation methods to ensure enough sunshine, rain, and dew for the fruit," Tao said.
So far, the farm has about 8 hectares of orchards and 18 pear trees. About 1,800 big pears are expected to enter the market this year.