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  Apples and Pears
  
  Apples and pears are some of the most popular fruits in the world. Found in every grocery store in most countries, both fruits have a long history of cultivation and use around the globe. While both fruits may look similar and have similar characteristics, there are also some notable differences between apples and pears.
  
  Countries of Origin
  
  Apples are believed to be native to Central Asia, the region from which the ancient Romans spread them around the world during their explorations. While popular worldwide, apples are especially popular in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, China, and Korea. Pears, on the other hand, originated in Europe and Asia Minor. They were first cultivated in China more than two thousand years ago.
  
  Physical Appearance
  
  The most obvious difference between apples and pears is their shape. Apples are round and pears are typically shaped like a tear drop. The skin of an apple is also thicker and more firm that that of a pear. Apples generally contain more sugar and are not as juicy as pears. Though there is some variation in color, apples are usually red and green while pears are a combination of yellow, green and brown.
  
  Taste and Uses
  
  The taste of pears is slightly sweeter than that of apples and the texture of the flesh is also softer and mushy. Pears are typically eaten raw and are also used in pies, jams, jellies, and salads. Apples have a sour flavor and a crunchy texture. They can also be eaten raw but are often juiced, stewed, or baked.
  
  Health Benefits
  
  Both apples and pears have numerous health benefits. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, and can help regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Apples are especially rich in Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, while pears are high in potassium, which regulates heart rate and blood pressure.
  
  Overall, apples and pears are both fantastic fruits that can be enjoyed fresh or used in a variety of dishes. While they may look similar, they also have several differences that set them apart. Apples and pears provide lots of nutrition and can help keep us healthy and fit.