Gourmet Food Source
A superb fruit, full of juice and wonderfully refreshing when slightly chilled they have a subtle apple flavour and are eaten throughout Asia on its own or as part of a salad composition (Korean beef and Asian pear springs readily to mind).
Also known as Nashi Pear, Korean Pear, Apple Pear, Sand Pear or Bapple they are grown and harvested in China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. They share a slight resemblance to apples in both taste and appearance and because of this are sometimes referred to as apple pear.
Unlike European pears the skin of Asian pears retain their crisp texture, the colour of the skin varies from yellow, green to bronze and the fruit can be used in exactly the same way as their European counterparts.
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