June 10, 2016 by LeVoyageur

Voyageur Heritage

6_Poirier_a_Tecumseh__OntarioA project is underway to have the local Detroit River Region pear trees known as the Jesuit Pear Trees, recognized as an endangered variety of fruit tree. The organization Slow Food USA through its project the Ark of Taste is studying the possibility of adding the pear trees to its list of endangered foods and food traditions found here.

Slow Food USA was contacted last year by Dar Navarre Darley and she is leading this effort to have the Jesuit Pears listed, which would lead to increased visibility and preservation efforts for this emblematic part of the local landscape, dating back to the early 1700s. It would also be an important addition to the local/regional awareness of French Canadian culture and heritage. The Ark of Taste is seeking both the trees and examples of the fruit to complete their study.

There is a deadline of June 24 and due to restrictions on moving…

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  1. Teresa Frazier says:

    I cannot say for certain, but my Grandpa Lisowski had two pear trees on Frederick Ave just east of St Hyacinth’s church. He was a farmer who had three farms in Michigan at the time in his family. The tree structure looks similar, but would have to be tested. I can get you the specific address within the 3300 block of Frederick.

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