See also: Pears
Asian pears are cousins to the pears that are typically seen in grocery stores, but this fruit is similar to an apple and its many names reflect that characteristic. Other names that this fruit goes by are: Chinese pear, Japanese pear, Sand, Nashi, and apple pear.
Asian pears differ from the traditional European ones. These pears are usually round, firm to touch when ripe, and are ready to eat after harvest. Asian pears reach prime quality when they ripen on the tree, like an apple and peach. These pears will be crisp, juicy, and slightly sweet with some tartness, especially near the core.
While European pears have the bulbous bottoms and tapering tops, they are not ready to eat until they are slightly soft and must be picked during the green stage and ripen at room temperature. European pears will be soft and juicy, with a sweeter, mellower taste. European pears will be brown at the core and an unpleasant taste if they are tree-ripened.
There are several Asian pear varieties available. Japanese pears are more round in shape, while the Chinese pears are more oval or pyriform (pear-shaped).
In the United States, the Japanese type of Asian pear called 20th Century or Nijisseki is the most popular. It is easily identified with its round shape and smooth yellow skin. Other common varieties include the Japanese bronze-toned Hosui pear and the pear-shaped Ya Li, a pale-green Chinese variety
Select the most fragrant and unbruised fruit with little to no brown spots. Ripe Asian pears are hard and do not soften. They are ready to eat when purchased.
Asian pears are known for keeping well. Store pears a week at room temperature or up to three months in the refrigerator.
Make Asian Pears Part of Your 5 A Day Plan
-Enjoy eating fresh out of hand.
-Use in salads, slaws, soups, and sandwiches.
-Use Asian pears as you would with other pears and apples in cobblers and fruit crisps.
-To prevent discoloration when cut, dip in a mixture of water and lemon juice.
Serving size 122g
Amounts Per Serving - % Daily Value*
Calories from Fat 5
Total Fat 0g - 0%
Saturated Fat 0g - 0%
Cholesterol 0mg - 0%
Sodium 0mg - 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g - 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g - 16%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.