The first tree the British settlers planted when they arrived in New England was the pear tree. The original governor of Massachusetts, John Endecott, cultivated the pear tree saying, “I hope the tree will love the soil of the old world and no doubt when we have gone the tree will still be alive.” At 384 years of age, the pear tree is still alive and well and is producing fruit in Danvers, Massachusetts. The Endicott Pear Tree is the oldest cultivated fruit tree in North America. Of course, you don’t need to get your pears from the Endecott tree to enjoy pears. Local pears are available all over New England and the taste is so juicy, sweet and fresh, you’ll never eat a supermarket pear again. Stephanie from the blog Desserts for Breakfast has prepared a pear recipe beyond our wildest dreams. Her Gorgonzola, Pear and Honey Galette is as delicious as it sounds and you can get the recipe by clicking here. Enjoy!