If you follow my blog you know that I LOVE fruit. I love trying new fruits and of course devouring my favorite fruits. And one of my favorite fruits and definitely my favorite pear is the Asian Pear. In this article, I talk all about the Pyrus pyrifolia, commonly called the Asian Pear, Japanese Pear, Chinese Pear, Korean Pear, apple pear, zodiac pear, papple, Naspati, and sand pear. Yes, it goes by a lot of names!
Learn all about the amazing Asian pear, where it comes from and grows, what the nutritional benefits are, how to eat it, and what it tastes like. It is one incredible pear, now on to the information!
Where does the Asian Pear come from and where does it grow?
Pyrus pyrifolia is a pear tree species that is native to East Asia. There are many cultivars grown throughout East Asia as well as other countries like India, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, and of course here in the United States, mostly in California, but they grow other places in the States, and you can even grow them here where I live in Arizona.
If in the United States, they can be grown in USDA zones 5 through 9. Also, these trees are NOT self-pollinating so you will need another tree to help with the pollination.
You may be able to find them at your local supermarket, if not check the nearest Asian market. Often times they will be surrounded with a protective fruit soft styrofoam mesh because the Asia pear bruises easily.
Some of the popular varieties of Asian Pear include the Shinko, Hosui, Korean Giant, and the Shinseki. Typically here in the States, the label will just say “Asian Pear” and not give the variety.
What are the nutritional benefits?
The Asian pear is a pretty nutritious fruit, some of the health benefits include:
- High in fiber
- Good amount of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Potassium
- Good source of copper which helps support the immune system
- Helps with blood sugar control
- High in antioxidants
You can find more health information on WebMD.
How to eat an Asian Pear
Asian pears will ripen off of the tree. So keep them stored in the fridge until you are ready to eat them. You can eat them cold, or allow them to come to room temperature before eating them.
When buying them at the store, pick ones that are not mushy, and that don’t have a lot of bruises on them.
Eat them like most other pears. Wash the outside of the pear, then cut the pear in half. Slice away the seeds and core part. It is up to you if you want to peel it or not, I never peel them.
Now you can eat them. They are commonly eaten fresh or sometimes used in baking, compotes, marinades, salads, etc.
What does the Asian Pear taste like?
First of all, if you love pears, I think you will love Asian Pear. It is my all-time favorite pear to eat and one of my all-time favorite fruits.
They are crisp like an apple, not soft and mushy, probably why one of the nicknames is, Apple Pear. They have a bit of a grainy texture, and are incredibly juicy, because of the high water content. The ripe ones are also sweet.
I hope you enjoyed learning about this wonderful fruit, the Asian Pear.
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