ASIAN (NASHI) PEAR

The Asian (or Nashi) Pear is best described as a cross between an apple and a pear. They are apple-shaped and juicy with a crisp, grainy white flesh like a pear, but unlike pears they retain their firmness. Skin colour varies from rich russet to yellow-green depending on the season.

The Asian pear originated in China and Japan.

ASIAN (NASHI) PEAR are classed as a fruit.

Tips

Asian pears can be eaten as they are or used to replace apples or pears in many recipes. They keep their shape during cooking, so are excellent for baking. Try poaching, baking or sauteing.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 34 kcal, 144 kJ; protein 0.4g; carbohydrate 8.7g; fat 0.2g.

Preparation

Peel if preferred (though this is not necessary) and remove core and seeds.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Asian pears are picked when ripe and can therefore be consumed immediately.

Choosing

Choose Asian pears that are firm, unblemished and have a delicate fragrance.

Fun Fact

Nashi is Japanese for pear.

Availability

Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

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Chile
China
Italy
Spain