Asian pear, or pyrus pyrifolia, is grown throughout East Asia, Australia, and even California. Unlike traditional pears, they have a crisp and grainy texture and are saturated with water. Depending on the variety, the colors range from golden brown, yellow, and pale green.
This fruit tends to bruise easily, so make sure you examine each one and store them carefully. They feel hard and tough on the outside, but don’t let that fool you! They need to be handled delicately.
Asian pears a picked ripe, so they are ready to be eaten immediately after purchasing. They should be stored in the fridge, but allowing them to return to room temperature will allow their full flavor to be enjoyed. They can also be enjoyed in sauces, in glasses of wine, or garnishing a salad.