Despite the fact that it's got the curvaceous shape of an apple and a shade reminiscent of a pear, the Asian pear is not a hybrid of the two. Its texture and flavor is unlike any other fruit; its high water content and crisp, grainy texture truly sets it apart from the European pear, enjoyed on a more readily available basis. Many people love to eat Asian pears in their simplest state: raw and peeled. Others use the Asian pear instead of sugar to sweeten up vinegar- or soy-based marinades. Here are some more ideas on how to incorporate this Fall favorite into your next meal:
- A Korean recipe for stuffed cucumber kimchi uses the Asian pear to add a bit of sweetness.
- Mix things up at your next happy hour with these sake-based Asian pear cocktails.
- This recipe for a rainbow chopped salad makes the most of Fall fruits and veggies!
- Italian and Asian flavors combine to create prosciutto and Asian pear "sushi."
Source: Flickr User See-ming Lee 李思明 SML