The Asian pear originates from China, Japan and Korea but is now also cultivated outside Asia.
The Asian pear (or Nashi pear) is sometimes called ‘Apple pear’, but it is not a cross between apples and pears, as this name suggests. It’s a pear that rather looks like an apple.
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Basic information and facts
The Asian pear originates from China, Japan and Korea.
Asian pears are cultivated in East Asia (Japan, Korea, China, India, Nepal, etc.) but are now also grown in other countries outside Asia, including USA, Cyprus, Chili, New Zealand and Australia.
Deciduous or evergreen:
The white flowers of the Asian pear are a beautiful sight in early spring.
Asian pears do not have a pear-shape but rather look like large apples.There are two types, with a brownish-yellow color (Akanashi)and with a yellow-green color (Aonashi). The fruits are crisp and juicy like apples but have a different texture.
Climate and weather:
These trees are cultivated in temperate climates.
The trees are pollinated by bees. While Asian pears are partially self-fruitful, better fruit production is obtained when two or more cultivars are planted together.
Spacings used range from 2.25 x 4.5 meters to 4.5 x 6 meters.
Asian pears are usually propagated by grafting onto other Pyrus species.
Codling moth (Carpocapsa pomonella) and some other pests including Pear psylla (Psylla pyricola) and two-spotted spidermites.
Fire blight, bacterial canker, crown rot.
Hand picking of fruits when they are fully ripe. They can be kept for several months in cool storage.
Asian pears are used fresh as a hand fruit.