There are numerous types and varieties of Asian pears on the market today. For some history, Asian pears are considered the mother variety from which all other pears derive. Like the first Occidental pear, the earliest Asian pears were also likely small, hard, and somewhat bitter. Another random fact? Asian pears likely arrived to the US around 1820, when they first appeared in New York. They appeared on the west coast shortly after during the wave of Asian immigration arriving for the gold rush.
|Shinko: A popular Asian pear variety known for its large|
size and prize-winning juicy sweet taste.
|Chojuro: Russeted brown skin and has a flavor|
likened to butterscotch with hints of rum.
|Kosui: its crisp, sweet flesh has notes of honey|
and vanilla. Kosuis come into season from mid-July
to August; earlier than most varieties.
|20th century: A smaller variety with a tart, zesty,|
sharp, citrusy essence. This pear hits the market near
the end of August into October.