I would never come to think if pear blossoms was edible . . .

My visitors eat pear blossom, not only blossom but also buds and fruit.

pear and squirrel

I don’t know how many squirrels come here, but they come here every day.

pear blossom and squirrel

squirrel and pear

Pears on this tree are small. But it looks so big next to this squirrel.


Though we don’t pick out and eat pears from this tree, right outside of my window,  I began to worry ( worry is not the exact word ) they would eat them up before blossom turn to fruits.


Apple, cherry, pear belong to the rose family (Rosaceae).

Japanese eat cherry blossom (Prunus) .  I know apple blossom (Malus) is edible, too, but don’t know about pear blossom (Pyrus) .


So, Pear Blossom Edible?

Many fruit tree blossoms are also edible, including peaches, pears, citrus, (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and kumquat) and apples (CAUTION: Eat apple blossoms in moderation as the flowers may contain cyanide precursors. The seeds of the apple fruit and their wild relations are poisonous).

Edible Flowers

Apple Seeds Poisonous?

Apple seeds do contain a small amount of cyanide, which is a lethal poison, but you are protected from the toxin by the hard seed coating.

If you eat whole apple seeds, they pass through your digestive system relatively untouched. If you chew the seeds thoroughly, you will be exposed to the chemicals inside the seeds, but the dose of toxins in an apple is small enough that your body can easily detoxify it. About.com

Other fruit seeds that also have cyanogenic glycosides are cherries, peaches, certain almonds, plums, apricots, raspberries, and pears. But apple trees are most of the other fruits that contain a cyanide precursor.

According to APPLE SEEDS CONTAIN CYANIDE, it takes only about 100-200 mg of cyanide, when eaten, or about 270 parts per million, when breathed in, to be fatal to an adult within a few minutes (about .68 mg per pound of body weight). obviously much less cyanide is needed to be fatal to children or pets. Before you go panicking after accidentally swallowing an apple seed, you should know that ingesting a few seeds won’t kill you .  .  .


What about for your pet?

Pears are good for your dog. Pear seeds do contain cyanide, however, but a VERY large number of seeds have to be consumed (not just swallowed, but chewed) to cause a problem. Plums are safe for your dog and make a good snack.  –Dangerous Foods-Toxic Substances


You should check before you feed CATS. I am surprised to read that cats seem to have so many food you shouldn’t feed. But not every cat is allergy to every single food on list.