20th Century Pears
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This item was last sold on : 04/29/17
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Moderately sized 20th Century pears are very round and smooth, with a thin, yellow skin that is almost translucent. The 20th Century pear’s flesh is white, crisp and fine-textured, with a sweet and mild flavor. These popular Asian pears are very juicy and have a sharp finish, which some describe as slightly astringent, with hints of vanilla and butterscotch.
20th Century pears are available in the late summer through the winter months.
20th Century pears are a Japanese variety, classified as Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki'. The pale, round Asian pear is one of the most popular of all the Asian pear varieties in both Japan and America. It is chosen for both its ornamental and culinary value.
20th Century pears are high in vitamins C and K, and are a good source of dietary fiber. These Asian pears also contain the micronutrients lutein and zeazanthin that are linked to good eye health and the prevention of macular degeneration.
20th Century pears are good for fresh eating, chilled and sliced. The crisp and juicy flesh adds flavor and crunch to green salads and is a good compliment to cheese platters, pairing well with Swiss, Camembert or Stilton cheeses. Julienne 20th Century pears and add to coleslaw or wraps, slice and add to grilled cheese sandwiches. 20th Century pears retain their shape and flavor when cooked, which makes them ideal for canning and baking whole. Nijisseiki pears are known for their long shelf life and can be kept for a couple of months in the refrigerator.
In Japan, 20th Century pears are traditionally shared after family meals, sliced with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.
The 20th Century pear was first found growing wild in Japan at the turn of the 20th century, which is how it earned its name. 20th Century pears are part of a family of pears called Nijisseiki. The original pear tree still grows in an orchard in the hills of Tottori prefecture along the northern coast of western Japan. 20th Century pears are hand-pollinated and are harvested by hand as well; they ripen on the tree. The nature of the pear’s thin skin makes it a challenge to import, so they are carefully shipped around the world in individually wrapped mesh bags. 20th Century pears can be found at specialty shops and in Asian markets.
Recipes that include 20th Century Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.