Hosui Asian Pears
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Hosui Asian pears are the most common variety of Asian pears. They are round in shape with brown skin that has tiny white speckles. The Hosui Asian pear is sweet and juicy with a brandy aroma. It's very versatile and easy to use.
Hosui Asian pears are available from Penryn Orchards in the fall.
There are thousands of different known varieties of Asian pears, each varying slightly in shape and color. All Asian pears today are relatives of Pyrus ussuriensis (Ussuri pear) and Pyrus serotina (Japanese sand pear). The Asian pear is known by many names including Nashi, Japanese pear, sand pear and Chinese pear. Though of no relation to apples Asian pears are often referred to as apple pears because of their crisp and juicy apple like consistency.
Asian pears are low in calories with about 50 calories per medium sized pear. They are a good source of vitamin C with each pear containing 8% of your daily requirement and provide a fair amount of fiber, most of which is found in the skin. Fiber rich foods such as Asian pears have been show to help lower cholesterol levels and prevent colon cancer. In Chinese medicine Asian pears are considered a cooling fruit and are used for detoxification purposes and to treat coughs, laryngitis, ulcers and constipation. They are also used in Chinese medicine to help promote a healthy complexion, eliminate under eye circles and relieve retina pain.
The Hosui Asian pear has a firm, crisp texture making them a popular addition to salads. They are also a great to pair with any cheese. The sweet flavor and juiciness of the pear will add moisture to cakes, pies, muffins and quick breads. Try using them as a substitute wherever apples are called for.
Recipes that include Hosui Asian Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.