The Asian Pear is a round crunchy fruit resembling a peach. It is similar to apples in texture and similar in taste to pears. At one time, Asian Pears were primarily grown in China and Japan, but are now grown in the United States after demand for the fruit increased.
Many varieties of the Asian Pear exist but the most common variety is round in shape with yellow to brownish bumpy skin. Unlike other pears, Asian Pears are allowed to ripen on the tree and then picked for consumption. They are best eaten raw in salads or alone.