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Asian pears vary in color from golden yellow to russeted green and are often times speckled with small brown spots. Additionally Asian pears can vary in shape and size, the most commonly grown in the United States are Japanese varieties which have a round squat shape similar to that of an apple. Less commonly grown are the Chinese varieties, which have a more traditional pear shape with bulbous bottom and elongated top, similar to that of European pears. Prized for their crunchy texture the creamy white flesh of the Asian pear is exceptionally juicy with a sweet low acid flavor and fragrant aroma. Unlike regular pears Asian pears are sold ripe and maintain their crisp texture long after being picked. Careful handling must be practiced when picking, packing and transporting Asian pears as their delicate skin bruises and becomes discolored easily.
Asian pears are available year-round.
There are thousands of different known varieties of Asian pears, each varying slightly in shape and color. All Asian pears today are relatives of Pyrus ussuriensis (Ussuri pear) and Pyrus serotina (Japanese sand pear). The Asian pear is known by many names including Nashi, Japanese pear, sand pear and Chinese pear. Though of no relation to apples Asian pears are often referred to as apple pears because of their crisp and juicy apple like consistency.
Asian pears are low in calories with about 50 calories per medium sized pear. They are a good source of vitamin C with each pear containing 8% of your daily requirement and provide a fair amount of fiber, most of which is found in the skin. Fiber rich foods such as Asian pears have been show to help lower cholesterol levels and prevent colon cancer. In Chinese medicine Asian pears are considered a cooling fruit and are used for detoxification purposes and to treat coughs, laryngitis, ulcers and constipation. They are also used in Chinese medicine to help promote a healthy complexion, eliminate under eye circles and relieve retina pain.
The firm and crisp texture of Asian pears make them a popular addition to salads. Add sliced or cubed pear to green and fruit salads or grate and add to coleslaw. Their sweet flavor and juiciness will add moisture and flavor to cakes, pies, muffins and quick breads. Try using as a substitute wherever apples are called for. Chop up and add to holiday stuffing, sauté slices with cinnamon to serve atop pork chops, slow cook to make a sweet sauce or hollow out the core and stuff with dried fruit and nuts for a baked treat. Asian pears will keep a week or two at room temperature and up to three months refrigerated.
In Asia the culture of the Asian pear can be dated back to the 6th century in a book written by Chia Shi-yi called “Tsee Ming Yau Su” about pear propagation during the 1500 years prior to the books completion. During the Edo period in Japan pears were believed to ward off evil and misfortune and were often planted near gates and in the corner of properties for protection.
Asian pears are native to Japan and China where they have been grown for over 3000 years. The first documented appearance of an Asian pear in the United States was recorded in 1820 when a Chinese sand pear was imported to Flushing, New York. In the mid 1800’s Asian pears made their way to the west coast by way of Chinese and Japanese Immigrants relocating to California after the Gold Rush. Today Asian pears are grown not only throughout Asia but in Italy, Spain, Australia, France, Chile and New Zealand as well. In the United States the bulk of commercial production comes from California and Oregon with a smaller supply coming out of Washington State, Kentucky and Alabama.
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