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While pearwood is the common term for commercial and veneer, especially in the United States, other names include: wild pear and choke pear, alligator pear, dogwood pear, Chinese pear, white pear, Nigerian pear, elsbeere, and "native" pear, which grows in western Australia.
Elsewhere, the alligator pear is now known as the West Indian avocado.
Seeing that fastidious consumption of the so-called alligator pear brought up memories of a summer spent in the avocado groves of Temecula almost 20 years ago.