Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
April 2024

True Tales

In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

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3 guesses to True Tales

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  • det

    The pear grew inside the bottle …..

  • I would think the Pear was freezed dired then when it hit the brandy it rehidrated and became a pear again.

  • You’re right, Det!

    The Pear actually grew inside the bottle. Here’s how it works:

    The bottles are placed over the Pear “buds” when they are very small, and wired into place on the tree. The bottle hangs from the tree for the entire growing season, all the while the Pear is growing while still inside the bottle. When the Pears are ripe, they are snipped off the vine (while still inside the bottle) and the bottle is then filled and sealed. A lot of work for a novelty item in my humble opinion but hey, to each his own.

    Congratulations Det! You’re today’s winner.