The little pear tree that could

If you decide to plant fruit trees, you should not only think of them as a beautifying amendment to your landscape that will feed you and your family, but also think of it like you are planting little pharmacies of nature (or "farm-acies", hehe, get it?) where the medicine is free! Fruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and tons of healing phytochemicals. Unlike the chalky rock vitamins sold commercially, the vitamins in fruit and plants are said to have a higher "bio-availability", or they are more easily assimilated into the body.  And it's not just the fruity flesh, but even the bark of certain fruit trees (at certain times of the year) is known to have miraculous healing capacities. The seeds of apples, apricots, and many other fruits contain anti-cancer properties because of a phytochemical known as "laetrile", or "vitamin B 17".  And the better the soil quality, the better the taste and more potent the "farm-acy".

The pears are almost ripe!

Unfortunately, the trunk has been damaged at the base so severely that just one side of it is supporting the entire pear tree. Even the structural core has been mostly eviscerated, yet year after year it stands strong and produces an abundant yield of fruit. Really goes to show how resilient and tough a tree can be!