Asian Pears

Asian Pears have the texture of a very juicy apple yet taste like a sweet, ripe pear – earning them the nickname “Apple Pears.” Asian Pears are collection of Pear varieties that originated in Asia hundreds of years ago, but are now grown all over the world. Varieties include the AsuJu, Hosui, Kosui, Ichiban Nashi and Olympic. Their shape is round and, depending on the variety, their skin color is pale yellow, gold, tan or russet brown. Here’s the best part: the cream-colored flesh is crisp and crunchy like an Fuji Apple, at the same time extremely juicy like a ripe Bartlett, nicely sweet and has a familiar Pear flavor. Asian Pears are perfect for eating out of hand as a delightful snack. They’re also ideal for enjoying with sharp cheese, slicing into salads and slaws or simply sharing for dessert since a sliced Asian Pear is naturally slow to oxidize, or brown.

Asian Pears are collection of Pear varieties that originated in Asia hundreds of years ago, but are now grown all over the world. Varieties include the AsuJu, Hosui, Kosui, Ichiban Nashi and Olympic.

Asian Pear Tips & Fun Facts

  • Asian Pears may thicker skin than other pear varieties, but their juicy flesh bruises easily. Handle with care!
  • Select Asian Pears that feel heavy for their size, have no wrinkled skin, punctures or large bruises.
  • Asian Pears do store well and fresh ones will keep for a few weeks in the fridge and over a week at room temperature.
  • They’re excellent for cheese trays or fruit trays since the sliced flesh is slow to oxidize or brown.

The fall months are the best time to enjoy Asian Pears! These varieties of pears are crunchy like an apple, but have the sweet flavor of a ripe pear. Jon shows what a few Asian Pear varieties look like inside a beautiful organic orchard in northern Oregon between Mount Hood and Mount Adams.