This weekend I worked on my in-law’s pear patch just outside of Seoul. Retired from diplomacy and academics, they now grow Asian pears for fun and fitness. The pear patch is on the side of a hill, requiring lots of climbing.

By the end of April the flowers have turned into tiny fruit. I joined them in cutting back the excess and selecting the best to mature. The female fruit is preferred and can be differentiated by looking at the bottom, where the flower had been, for smoothness. The male fruit has a protruding bottom and should be snipped. Only one female fruit should remain per cluster for optimal growth and flavor.