The Worcestershire Black Pear is the County symbol. It's on the county's flag and our County Cricket team are known as The Pears. But why is it on the flag, what do they taste like, why is it black and what has it got to do with Worcestershire?
These are all questions that we have asked the experts at Pershore College to help us to answer. Pershore College was the first horticultural college in the country. A host of celebrity gardeners have studied there and salad and vegetables from the college are used by chefs at Claridge's in London.
The earliest reference linking to Worcestershire with pears dates back to county's bowmen at the battle of Agincourt in 1415.
We're told that it was during the visit of Queen Elizabeth I to Worcester in 1575 that she saw a pear tree laden with black pears. On noticing the tree Elizabeth is said to have directed the city to add three pears to its coat of arms and the rest, as they say, is history.
Over the coming months we will bring you a series of videos that explain how to care and nurture a Black Pear Tree and the history behind the Black Pear Tree. The Black Pear is a cooking pear and not for eating out of hand. The dark colour is unique to Worcestershire and we are proud to say that the black pear is one of our own.