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Yali pears are very round and are shaped like an apple, with a somewhat slanted profile and a long stem. The subtly aromatic pears have a light green flesh that ripens to a more yellow hue and can be spotted or capped with russet. The Chinese pear has a crisp, fine-textured flesh that is sweet and juicy, and somewhat softer than other Asian pears. Yali pears are delicate and are susceptible to bruising. Under-ripe Yali pears may require a few days of additional ripening at room temperature to develop the sugar and juiciness.
Yali pears are available in the early fall through the early winter.
Yali pears are an Asian variety, botanically known as Pyrus pyrifolia. Like other Asian pears, Yali are also crisp when ripe and are shaped like apples often leading to the nickname, “Apple pear”. ‘Yali’ means “Duck Pear” in Mandarin; it was named for its slight resemblance to a duck.
The Yali pear is best eaten fresh, out-of-hand, but can be substituted for regular pears in many recipes. Roast or grill halved Yali pears as a compliment for pork dishes. Yali pears pair well with warm spices like anise and cinnamon, and fall favorites like butternut squash and sweet potatoes. These crisp pears can be sliced and added to arugula salads to contrast the bitterness of the greens and provide texture. Ripe pears may be refrigerated, but only for a day or two to prevent flavor loss.
Yali pears are native to China and are very popular in the Asian country. Asian pears are often referred to as Nashi, which is the Japanese word for pear. Asian pears date back to ancient civilizations in the Eastern region of the continent and still grow widely in the area. Pyrus pyrifolia grow best in cooler environments, similar to apples.
Recipes that include Yali Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
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