Asian pears, also known as apple pears or nashi pears, are renowned for their unique taste and are an easy-to-grow delight for both home gardeners and commercial orchards. Originating in East Asia, particularly China and Japan, these pears, including popular varieties like Shinko, Hosui, and 20th Century, boast a crisp texture and a range of flavors from sweet to mildly tart.
The aesthetic appeal of young Asian pear trees is marked by their rounded, spreading habit, glossy ovate leaves, and striking white blossoms in spring. The fruit, often resembling an apple, exhibits smooth or slightly russeted skin, contributing to its visual allure.
Growing Asian pears is relatively straightforward, especially in well-drained soil and full sunlight. Originating from western China, these hardy trees are grafted onto a semi-dwarf rootstock. They can withstand colder temperatures, reaching heights of up to 15 feet.
It's crucial to note that maintaining proper growing conditions, including well-drained soil and periodic checks for pests and diseases, ensures optimal development. While the sand pear variety is particularly resistant to pests and diseases, growers must remain vigilant to protect these easy-to-grow trees and maximize the yield of this delectable fruit.
We carry the following Asian pear varieties–20th Century, Hosui, Shinseiki or a Multi-graft tree with up to three varieties of pears (Chocuro, Hosui, Shinseiki, 20th Century). Fruit can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated but handle with care as they bruise easily.