Apple Pears (also known as “Sand Pears”, “Nashi”, “Asian Pears”) have been described as the “HOTTEST NEW ITEM SINCE THE KIWI”, and it’s no wonder! The crispy, crunchy, juicy, sweet fruit is taking North America by storm. The Apple Pear is a relatively new fruit to most people, although they have been grown here since the Gold Rush days, when the Chinese miners planted them in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.
For the most part, Apple Pear varieties are round in shape, with white flesh, giving them an appearance and texture similar to an apple. They have a refreshing pear flavor. There is no need for store-level ripening as Apple Pears ripen on the tree and are harvested when they are ready to eat. The long storage life of the Apple Pear is one of its strong selling points…they will store for 10 to 14 days at room temperature; three to four weeks in the crisper of a refrigerator; and up to three months in a commercial fruit cold storage facility.
Just as with other fruits, there are many different varieties of Apple Pears. They range in color from yellow, to green, to various shades of golden brown. To serve the Apple Pear in the traditional apple way, peel it and slice it into wedges. Apple Pears are an attractive appetizer and can be served with other fresh fruits, meats, or cheeses. The crispy Apple Pear is a perfect ingredient in fruit salads, bread puddings, and stir-fry dishes. In the past, the primary consumer of Apple Pears has been the apple-eating community; but 95% of the population who sample this unique fruit for the first time love it!
|* Proprietary Varieties are shown in Bold Italics
Once upon a time, Kingsburg Orchards was known as Kingsburg Apple Packers. Apples were one of the first crops harvested on our property, and while we have branched out into new fields, we still have a healthy harvest of these delicious, crunchy lunchbox staples. Because what is back to school without an apple for the teacher?
|Apple Variety Types
* Proprietary Varieties are shown in Bold Italics