The Asian Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia), which also is called an apple pear, is one of the most interesting members of the pear family. It’s one of the largest for sure. Some of them get so big a family has to cut it up and share it together. The reason it is also called an apple pear is that it tastes like both an apple and a pear. You take a bite and think you are eating an apple, but then you get hit with a familiar pear flavor. The skin on these pears is unlike any other pear I have had. It’s very thick and peels off easily. My wife said it was like lizard skin. The texture of the pear was more like that of an apple. It was very grainy. It’s not the sweetest pear either. I prefer my pears to be sweet with a less sandpaper like texture. One thing I do like about it is that it is juicy, which makes it good for eating, but not so good if you want to put it into a pie.
The Asian Pear naturally orginated in Asia. You can find them in Japan, Korea, China, to name a few countries. They are easy to find at supermarkets across the United States during the right time of year. You are going probably pay a little more for this pear than other varieties. I invite you to try it yourself, it’s not for everybody, but it might be great for somebody.