Red Chinese Mulberries
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Monterrey pears are a large variety from northern Mexico, botanically a cultivar of Pyrus pyrifolia. The Asian pear hybrid was selected from the tree of a popular southern Texas variety. Monterrey pears are a cross of European pear and a Japanese pear.
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Yali pears are tear-drop shaped, usually slanted to one side and have characteristically long stems. The subtly aromatic pears have a light green flesh that ripens to a more yellow hue and can be spotted or capped with russet. The Chinese pear has a crisp, fine-textured flesh that is sweet and juicy, with flavor notes of cinnamon and vanilla. Yali pears are somewhat softer than other Asian pears, making them more susceptible to bruising. Under-ripe Yali pears may require a few days of additional ripening at room temperature to develop the sugar and juiciness.
Yali pears are available in the early fall through the winter month.
Yali, or Ya Li pears, are an Asian variety botanically known as Pyrus pyrifolia. Yali pears are one of the more popular Asian cultivars in China, and they are also one of the most important. In 2015, exports of Yali pears accounted for 34% of the country's pear exports. Yali pears are also known as Chinese White pears.
Yali pears are an excellent source of vitamin C and copper, and are a good source of dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin K. Yali pears contain high levels of pectin and boron, which helps in the prevention of certain cancers and osteoporosis. Asian pears offer antioxidant benefits and contain micro-nutrients helpful for blood, bone and cardiovascular health.
The Yali pear is best eaten fresh, out-of-hand, but can be substituted for regular pears in many recipes. Roast or grill halved Yali pears as a compliment for pork dishes. Yali pears pair well with warm spices like anise and cinnamon, and fall favorites like butternut squash and sweet potatoes. These crisp pears can be sliced and added to salads to contrast the bitterness of the greens and provide texture. Ripe pears may be refrigerated; leave underripe pears at room temperature to ripen.
In Chinese, Ya means "duck" and Li menas "pear", so Ya-Li is often referred to as duck pear. The word "li" also means 'separation' in Chinese, leading to the belief that sharing a pear could lead to the separation of friends or lovers. Yali pears, like many other Asian pear varieties, are used in Chinese medicine for detoxifying the body and in treatments for coughs, laryngitis, ulcers and constipation. They are also used to help promote a healthy complexion, eliminate under eye circles and relieve retina pain.
Yali pears are native to China and are very popular there. In Asia, pears are referred to as nashi, which is the Japanese word for pear. The fruit dates back to ancient civilizations in the Eastern region of the continent and still grow widely in the area. Yali pears grow best in cooler climates.
Recipes that include Yali Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Cooking on the Front Burner||Easy Pear & Sweet Potato Soup|
|The BBQ Bastard||Grilled Pear Salad Bowl|
|Chinese Soup Pot||Nourishing Snow Fungus Papaya Pear and Sweet Potato Soup|
|Daily Cooking Quest||Ya Li Pear and Snow Fungus Sweet Soup|
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