Scientific Name: Pyrus pyrifolia
Asian pear (Pyrus pyrifolia) originated from Western China. It is also known by various other names such as: Chinese pear, Japanese pear, Korean pear, or Taiwanese pear. Asian pear fruits symbolize nobility and wealth. It resembles an apple in shape but is crisper and waterier in texture. The fruit also contains several small, brown seeds in the core. Regardless of the variety, Asian pears frequently have textured, semi-rough skin displaying prominent lenticels across the firm surface. The color of Asian pears ranges from green, yellow to brown, depending on the plant variety.
Asian pears are low in calories (2% daily value [DV]) and high in fiber (13% DV). Dietary fiber is beneficial for human health in many ways. Diets high in dietary fiber help us feel full longer; thus, allowing us to maintain our body weight. Moreover, dietary fiber stabilizes our cholesterol and blood pressure levels, which improves heart health. Asian pears contain vitamin C (4% DV) and vitamin K (4% DV). Vitamin C is important for the immune system and is involved in collagen production. Vitamin K is required for normal blood clotting.
Asian pears can be cooked or eaten raw. With its unique texture, it can be added to salads or baked in a tart. Asian pear juice is often used as a sweet sauce in many cakes or a BBQ marinade. With its unique texture and refreshing taste, Asian pears may satisfy fruit lovers, especially children.