Asian pears, also known as apple pears, are a healthy treat that present the best qualities of both the apple and pear.
The fruit is crunchy and sweet fruit that grows to be round like an apple. They do not change texture after picking or storage as do European pears such as the Bartlett or Comice.
Chilling an Asian pear before eating can enhance the delicious flavor.
Asian Pear Health Benefits
According to OAW Health – if you have any of the following health problems, they suggest adding pears to your diet with these few noted health issues among many others:
• Acid reflux
• High cholesterol
• Gas – bloating – constipation – diarrhea
• Intestinal inflammation
• Insulin resistance
• Weight gain
What To Do With The Asian Pear
The pear is often given as a gift throughout East Asia, due to its long shelf-life and delicious flavor.
Because of its wonderful texture, you can enjoy these pears in stir-fries, as well as salads.
And how ironic, as the Asian pear is also called a “salad pear” in Japan.
Asian Pear Carrot and Daikon Radish Sprouts
1 cup daikon radish sprouts
2 cups Asian pears, washed and corded and chop into medium sized pieces
1 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes chili flakes
1/8 tsp white pepper
2 1/2 tbsp raw honey
Combine vinegar, red pepper flakes, white pepper and honey – mix well until honey dissolves. Add Asian pear, daikon radish sprouts and carrot.
Mix well and set aside for flavors to meld for at least one hour.
Can be made up to a day in advance and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Serve at room temperature.