Asian pears

Asian pears are native to China, Japan, and Korea. Expect to see bright green, pale yellow and russet brown varieties. Known for being quite juicy and crisp, Asian pears are mildly sweet and delicate in flavor. Their crispiness makes for a refreshingly simple dessert when chilled, then peeled and sliced, or add them to a salad for a sweet crunch. Unlike their European counterparts, Asian pears are ready to eat when picked. Though they are hard when ripe, they will bruise easily. They keep well under refrigeration far longer than most other fruit. Look for aromatic fruit in late summer through early winter.

In Season

September, October, November

Recipes with Asian pears

Asian Pear, Persimmon, and Almond Salad

From Margo True, food editor at Sunset Magazine and co-author of The Sunset Cookbook: Over 1,000 Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for the Way You Cook Today (Oxmoor House, 2010)

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