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Nashi Pear   

Taste like an apple and a pear? It’s what we call the nashi or asian pear.
Pyrus pyrifolia is a pear species that originated from China, Japan, and Korea. The edible fruit is known by many names such as Nashi pear, Asian pear, Chinese pear, Korean pear, Japanese pear, Taiwan pear, and sand pear. Despite being colloquially known as an apple pear due to its appearance and texture, the fruit is not a hybrid of the two.

They are round, firm when ripe, and ready to eat after harvest. Nashi pears reach prime quality when they ripen on the tree, like an apple and peach. These pears will be crisp, juicy, and slightly sweet with some tartness, especially near the center area. Their skin can be tan, brown or yellow and sometimes has freckles.

Asian Pears are available July to late October from California, Washington, Oregon and Japan. The most popular variety (20th Century or Nijisseiki), the Kosui and Kikusui varieties are available in Mid-August. The Hosui variety hits the markets in September.

The fruits are generally not baked in pies or made into jams because they have a high water content and a crisp, grainy texture, unlike the buttery European varieties. Nashi pears are usually served raw and peeled. The fruit tends to be quite large and fragrant, and when carefully wrapped it can last for several weeks or more in a cold, dry place.

Nashi Pear
General Nutrition Info
Nutrient Name Quantity
Protein 1.38 gm
Calories 116 cal
Dietary Fiber 9.9 gm
Vitamins Nutrition Info
Nutrient Name Quantity
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 0.025 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 0.028 mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.602 mg
Folate 22 mcg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 0.193 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.06 mg
Vitamin C 10.4 mg
Vitamin E 0.33 mg
Vitamin K 12.4 mg
Minerals Nutrition Info
Nutrient Name Quantity
Selenium 0.3 mcg
Potassium 333 mg
Calcium 11 mg
Phosphorus 30 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Manganese 0.165 mg
Copper 0.138 mg
An average Nashi pear that is about 3 inches in diameter supplies 12.4 mcg of vitamin K, a sixth of the daily recommended value. It also contains good potassium and fair amounts of zinc, copper and selenium. And where it excels most is in its content of dietary fiber. A 275g pear has a 9.9g of fiber. About half of this fiber is provided by pectin.

Taste these some health promoting benefits that can bite from the juicy nashi pear.

Colon Health
Eating Asian pears can improve your colon health. Asian pear of medium size contains 4g of fiber, which gives about 14 percent of your daily fiber needs. These dietary fibers regulate your digestive system, which in many cases can keep you from suffering from hemorrhoids and painful colon conditions such diverticulitis. The World's Healthiest Foods reports that the antioxidant vitamins in pears can protect you against colon damage that could lead to cancer.

Eye Health
Asian pears are rich in vitamin C, providing about 80 percent of your daily needs. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that aids your eye health, preventing a condition called cataracts that can lead to vision loss. The World's Healthiest Foods explains that pears and other vitamin C-rich fruits can reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, another eye disease that can damage your eyesight.

Heart care
Nashi can offer the benefit of heart health when eaten as part of a heart-healthy diet. The fiber content of these pears keeps your tummy full longer, which may contribute to weight loss, according to the Mayo Clinic. Maintaining your weight does lessen your risk for heart disease. The fiber found in pears lowers blood cholesterol levels, another component that cause many cardiovascular disease. And the fact that they are low-calorie, low-fat fruit, they help you with weight management to keep your heart and entire body healthy.

Immune booster
Asian pear health benefits include a good source of vitamin C and E and an excellent source of vitamin K. Vitamins C and E are essential vitamins for the maximum proper functioning of our immune systems. Vitamin C creates more than half of the antibodies that make up our white blood cells and protect us from viral infections like colds, flu and ear infections. While vitamin E reinvigorate vitamin C after it has been defending us.

Vitamin K power
Vitamin K is the important ‘blood clotting’ vitamin that keeps not to bleed a lot. More studies revealed that vitamin K works closely with vitamin D and calcium in keeping our bones strong and healthy. Elderly people with plenty of vitamin k in their diet are less likely to accidentally fracture their hip during a fall than those with little vitamin k in their diet by 50 percent.

Asian pears aids to lower cholesterol levels because they are a great source of a specific kind of fiber called pectin. Pectin has been shown to bind with LDL (bad) cholesterol in the intestines and to remove it from the body in our feces. This limits the amount of LDL cholesterol that gets absorbed from the intestines into the blood stream and therefore helps to lower cholesterol levels.

Making the fruit juice is a refreshing way to acquire an extra dose of the nutrition that Asian pears have to offer. You will need 3 Asian pears to make great juice with your juicer machine. That’s three times the nutrient power of eating one Asian pear.

A good-quality nashi pear is selected by smell rather than feeling its firmness. Unlike other pears that give in to gentle pressure when ripe, these pears are ripe even when they are extremely firm.
Look for a fairly strong and sweet aroma but remember they will not smell as strong if they are cold. Those originating from Japan have clear yellow, brown or yellow-brown skin while those from China are clear-skinned and green-yellow.

Avoid Asian pears that are soft, wrinkled, have numerous scuff marks or are obviously bruised. Handle them with care, especially when fully ripe. And to ripen, put in a cool, dark place and may be refrigerated for a few days.

These pears can be a delightful addition to salads, slaws, soups and sandwiches. Use them just like the other pears and apples in cobblers and fruit crisps. To prevent discoloration when cut, dip in a mixture of water and lemon juice. But the best way to enjoy the nashi pear and its benefits is by eating it raw and fresh out of hand!

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