So, as far as I understand (basic) evolutionary theories, diversity is generated by "niching." That is, if there is an environmental factor that hasn't been fully used by any species to "profit" off, there will be a tendency to fill up that "niche" and thus speciation occurs (not in one day of course).
I was standing in the kitchen earlier and was wondering: what is the niche that an apple fills in respect to a pear end vice versa? If I'm not mistaken they are form the same family and thus share a common ancestor (albeit I don't know if it is a "recent" ancestor).
Is it a geographical thing or do they genuinely vie for the same thing in a different way? (e.g. a pear aims to be eaten by animals that have small teeth and thus want a softer fruit, while an apple aims to be eaten by the bigger animals, that like a heartier bite).
note: I know that this question might be too speculative and too localised to be any good, but hey, some of you might just know this!