Asian pear [ey-zhuhn, ey-shuhn pair] noun
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Pyrus pyrifolia. Also known as apple pear, Chinese pear, sand pear or nashi. The edible fruit of a pear tree. Rounder than other pear varieties, the Asian pear can range from pale green to yellow-green, sporting tiny russet-colored speckles to an all-over beige-russet-brown. It is firm, crisp, and has a delicate flavor with hints of apple.
Asian pears are used both raw and cooked in recipes. They are very firm when ripe, will only emit a very faint aroma, and are available year round. Store at room temperature for about a week or refrigerated up to a month.
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