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Pear in a Bottle

Updated on October 17, 2011

I read a very interesting hub by Cosette entitled "What Foods These Morsels Be" and I enjoyed seeing the little pears that were grown into the shapes of Buddha. I was telling my husband about them on the way to the grocery store. It reminded him of a European liqueur that he could buy in England that had a pear that was grown in the bottle. That was the birth of this hub.

Clear Creek Distillery in Portland, Oregon

In trying to research this topic, I found Clear Creek Distillery in Portland, Oregon. They manufacture the same type of product. In fact, it's their 25th anniversary of producing Pear Eau de Vie.

Their website indicates they just received 92,000 pounds of pears that they have mashed and are now fermenting. They have a batch of Mirabelle Plums fermenting as well. They also make an Apple in a Bottle Brandy. The apples float whereas the pears sink to the bottom.

I wanted to know more about how they are able to grow fruit inside a glass wine bottle. So, this led to more research.

Pear in a Bottle
Pear in a Bottle

How to Grow Fruit in a Bottle

I'm going to give you a real brief description of how to grow fruit in a bottle. The gentleman in the video will demonstrate.

  • You catch a tree in it's budding stage and find limbs that you can reduce the buds down to one good healthy bud. Obviously, some limbs lend themselves to this better than others. You're looking for a limb that will make it easy to fit the bottle over the bud. If you wait until the buds are too big they won't fit into the neck of the bottle.
  • Trim away all unnecessary leaves and buds so that you have one long bud on a limb.
  • Run the bud into a clean dry wine bottle leaving room for the fruit to grow. You don't want to push the bud completely to the bottom of the bottle.
  • Determine how to best anchor the bottle. You can use wire, ribbons, string, zip ties, etc. You'll need to make adjustments as necessary so that the bottle can freely sway as it will need to with the sway of the limb and yet you don't want bottles too close together so that they clash and potentially break.
  • Allow the fruit to grow as normal.
  • When the fruit has satisfactorily ripened see if the limb will easily loosen from the fruit. If so, clip the bottle free and slide the bottle off leaving your piece of fruit in the bottle.
  • Run tap water into the bottle to clean the fruit and bottle.
  • Pour brandy into the bottle and seal the bottle. About 5 months later you will have a fruit flavored brandy and a nice show piece that makes everyone wonder how you did it.

If you'd like to just order ones already done, check with Clear Creek in the link below and find their nearest distributor. You can also buy it online from them and other authorized dealers. I think it would make a great Christmas gift for that person who has everything! These would make a wonderful addition to any Christmas Wine Gift Basket!

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      Mick 4 years ago

      WOW - he could have done that in 30 seconds.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Funny but interesting article.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      It's soaking up the flavor of the fruit. Evidently the liquor takes on the taste of the fruit. In the case of the distillery I featured above, their brandy is a pear mash brandy, so I'm guessing it ought to taste pretty pear-like.

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      Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

      Now isn't this something! Pear in a bottle! I enjoyed watching the video on how the pear became in the bottle as well. I wonder what the wine taste like!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      It might work, Salt. You'll have to try it.

      Thanks articleposter!

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      articleposter 7 years ago

      Interesting and very cool Idea.

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      salt 7 years ago from australia

      bizarre, but interesting.. could it be done with cointrea and strawberries???

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Sure seems like a lot of work though to mass produce these things! I mean, think about it, each one has to have a person standing at the tree making a decision about which bud to keep and then manually tie it. No matter how sophisticated things are, it's still going to take a human to do each bottle one at a time. That's a lot of manual labor. It's really impressive.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wild. When I first saw it, I almost figured it out--you'd have to attach the bottle to the tree while the fruit was growing. Where you get all these orginal hubs is a marvel. Great stuff. You're way up on the HubChallenge, too!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Simple, but elegant and will have everyone scratches their heads trying to figure out how you did it.

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Cool...I loved this....so simple! Thanks! :)

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I thought they were pretty cool too, Dohn. I'd love to take the credit for the idea, but it was really Cosette and my husband. I just ran with it.

      Thanks Smireles!

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      Sandra Mireles 7 years ago from Texas

      Very nice idea for a hub. Also very cool!!!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I know that you got a lot of "cool" responses, and you're gonna get another one from me: This is so cool! Sorry, I can't help it, as it's the right response to have. I'd like to grow a Durian in a bottle, but then I'll have to find a pretty big bottle! I love your idea for this hub! Thanks.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      You're welcome, Nicomp! Thanks for stopping by!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      This is so cool. Thanks for sharing.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      That's what I'm going to do too, Les Trois Chenes. We'll have to see how it turns out.

      It is cool, isn't it, Alekhouse? Know anyone with a tree to let you try it?

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Wow! This is so interesting. I always wondered how they do that. I wish I had a pear tree so I could try it. A peach sounds even better. Nice hub.

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      Les Trois Chenes 7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Great idea, will try with peaches next year.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Works for me!

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      If nothing else, we'll cook it down and poor it over ice cream!!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I ain't guaranteeing how good it'll turn out, but c'mon Candie!

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!! You make the peach wine, I'm coming down for a bottle!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I have peach trees. I'm going to have to try this in the spring myself.

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      Scott.Life 7 years ago

      very cool, now I'll have to go find some just to say I have it and show off.