Asian Pears

Source & Availability
California grown July thru February
Chile varieties available March thru April

History
Asian pears comprise a large group of pears that are crisp in texture and, when mature, are good to eat as soon as harvested or for several months after picking if held in cold storage.

Asian pears have been grown commercially in Asia for centuries. In Japan about 500,000 tons are grown and some fruit is exported to the United States in October and November. China and Korea also grow these pears for domestic consumption and export to the United States and Canada.

Most new Asian pear plantings in California are in Fresno, Tulare and Kern Counties.

Varieties
Although there are 15 distinct varieties of Asian Pears they are often grouped into 3 types. They are (1) round or flat fruit with green-to-yellow skin, (2) round or flat fruit with bronze-colored skin and a light bronze-russet (3) pear-shaped fruit with green or russet skin. By far the most popular variety in the United States is the 20th century or Nijisseki. Other popular varieties include the Hosui and Ya Li.

Serving size 1 med. pear, raw (122g)
Amounts Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories 50
Calories from Fat 5
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 0%
Iron 2%

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