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Sep 24, 2009 4:07 PM by Colleen Williams

China farmer grows pears in shape of babies

In the classical chinese novel "journey to the west" an imaginary fruit in the shape of a baby gives those who eat it immortality.

A farmer in northern china says he's now growing the fabled fruit in his orchard.

While the farmer recognizes that eating the baby shaped fruit isn't likely to allow you to live forever, he does say the mythical fruit may mean a boost for his business.

The 45-year-old has cultivated 18 thousand baby-shaped pears in his orchard this year, hoping to find a new way to make a fortune from the fruit he has been growing all his life.

Motivated by the idea of standing out in a crowded market, the farmer developed a single-use mold made out of fiberglass reinforced plastic with a steel rim that when applied to young pears for a six-month growth period finally provided the desired results.

Despite a hefty price of seven dollars and 30 cents per pear, the farmer says he has now sold nearly all of his baby pears to buyers across china.

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