Pear trees were developed in China, first. I think they got as far as developing the quince from an apple. The trees were developed further in Europe...in Spain and France. The french attach paper bags over the pears as they ripen to ensure they don't get too much sun...they even grow them in bottles, with bottles hanging on the ends of limbs while the pear grows and ripens inside. Then they put pear liquor in and sell the bottles with full and pickled pears.