Asian pears are known by many names including Nashi, Japanese pear, Sand pear, Chinese pear, and Apple pear. Unlike regular pears, Asian pears ripen on the tree, are only picked and sold when ripe, and maintain their crisp texture long after being picked.
Asian pears range in size from small to medium and vary in shape from round, globular, and squat to oval with a bulbous base that tapers into a rounded top. The firm skin can be golden yellow, green, or bronze and may be smooth, have some russeting, or covered in visible lenticels or pores. The flesh is ivory to white and is crunchy, juicy, and creamy with a central fibrous core encasing several small, brown-black seeds. When ripe, Asian pears are crisp with a sweet, floral flavor, low acidity, and a fragrant aroma.