The Scoop on Asian Pears!
Once upon a time, a member of our team who had recently moved into a new house found a tree his backyard was producing a strange fruit he wasn’t familiar with. It was round and firm like an apple (and about the same size as a large apple, too), with a speckled golden, slightly fuzzy skin and a mouthwatering fragrance. Unwilling to bite into an unknown fruit, he brought a sample in to the office, set it down on the breakroom table, and asked, “Can anyone tell me what the heck this is?!”
As it turned out, our supervisor could. “It’s an Asian pear! You have a tree in your backyard? How lucky you are!”
Most of us hadn’t seen an Asian pear before, but after our co-worker washed the fruit, sliced it up, and portioned it out for the rest of us to try, we immediately understood why our supervisor was so enthusiastic. The firm, juicy flesh had a delicate flavor that was definitely pear-like, with citrusy overtones and a sweetness reminiscent of golden raisins. We all envied our co-worker that day!
What Exactly Is an Asian Pear?
If you love Pittman Davis fruit, chances are you’ve had fresh pears delivered to you from us in the past. But chances are they weren’t Asian pears – until recently, our many succulent varieties of fresh pears for sale all had the familiar bell shape you’re used to…the one that gives meaning to the description, “pear shaped.”
Native to East Asian, the Asian Pear also goes by the names Chinese Pear, Korean Pear, Japanese Pear, sand pear, and apple pear, among others. Whatever you call them, these gourmet pears are produced by cultivars and varieties of Pyrus pyrifolia, and has been around since prehistoric times. Belonging to the genus “Pyrus” is what makes them pears; apples belong to the genus Malus. And now you can buy pears of this variety directly from Pittman & Davis!
How Are Asian Pears Different from Our Other Pears?
Apart from they’re apple shape, Asian pears differ from our other varieties of premium pears in a number of ways.
Normally when we send pears to you or your loved ones, they’re not quite fully ripe. This is because European pears finish ripening off the tree and are sweetest when they soften. But we treat Asian pears like our other fruits when we ship them to you – at their peak of ripeness, ready to eat when they arrive. That’s because the Asian Pear is still crunchy when fully ripe (rather than creamy, like a King Comice Pear), and does its best ripening right on the tree. We harvest the best pears from an Asian pear tree and hand pack them carefully, with a protective layer of insulation around each fruit to prevent them from bruising.
Like other pears, the Asian pear varies in color, with skins that range from pale bronze to greenish-yellow, and a rough, slightly fuzzy texture like that of a Bosc pear. The flesh is white and juicy, with small seeds at its center.
What’s the Best Way to Enjoy an Asian Pear?
Since there are many ways to enjoy an Asian Pear, how you eat them is up to you. You can eat them fresh out of hand like you would any pear variety, or cut them into slices to add to a salad or bowl of hot or cold cereal. They also make great additions to desserts.
If you like to cook with pears, you’ll love cooking with the Asian Pear variety. Unlike apples or most European pears, Asian pears maintain their shape and texture when heated. This makes them an excellent choice for grilling, baking, and poaching.
If you plan to have us ship pears to yourself or a loved one this season, try our New Asian Pears – we’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!
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