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Asian Pears

asian-pear-categoryThere are basically three types of Asian Pears: round flat green-yellow ones, round bronze to russet ones, and pear shaped russet ones; all share the same characteristics of being very sweet, crisp and juicy. We are offering four different varieties of Asian pears, all locally harvested from orchards in the Yuba City-Marysville area. There are two main classes of pears-European and Asian. We are more familiar with the European varieties-Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou, etc.-that are characterized by buttery smooth, juicy flesh and need time to cure and ripen after harvest. Asian pears ripen completely on the tree and are crisp and firm in texture with sweet flavor. They are often called apple pears because most Asian pear varieties are apple shaped and, when eaten, have a crunchy apple-like texture. Asian pears are native to both China and Japan. Japanese varieties have yellow-brown skin, while Chinese varieties have green-yellow skin.

Pear - Asian Hosui

Pear - Asian Hosui

Hosui, meaning 'abundant juice', is the leading Asian pear variety in California-large, round russeted brown skin, sweet, refreshing, crisp and rich with a brandy aroma.

Pear - Asian Shinko

Pear - Asian Shinko

Shinko, meaning 'new success', is a medium size Asian pear with rounded golden-brown skin and yellow-white flesh.

Pear - Asian Shinseiki

Pear - Asian Shinseiki

Shinseiki, meaning 'new century', is a medium size Asian pear with mild flavor, smooth, creamy flesh, bright yellow skin, very firm.

Pear - Asian Yali

Pear - Asian Yali

Yali, meaning 'duck pear' is the most famous Chinese variety, actually pear shaped with green skin.