Asian pears are ready to eat as soon as you buy them—they’re picked when they’re ripe. Unlike other types of pears, which you want to eat when they have a bit of give to them, ripe Asian pears are firm.
How can you tell if an Asian pear is ripe?
The skin color of most Asian pears changes from green to yellow when ripe. When the color change occurs, pick and sample a pear. Ripe fruit should be crisp, crunchy, and sweet. Harvest Asian pears when the fruit have the appropriate color and taste.
How long does it take for an Asian pear to ripen?
For those who pick Asian pears when they’re still hard, Purdue University notes that the fruit will soften after two weeks when stored at 70 degrees F. Wait for the Asian pears to ripen fully on the tree by looking for a change in color, from green to either yellow or brown.
How do you eat Asian pears?
You eat an Asian pear just like you would any apple and pear. Bite into the skin and eat around the core. Or you can slice the pear up and enjoy it that way.
Is Asian pear edible?
Korean pear, also known as Asian pear, is a unique fruit similar to an apple. Asian pear has a very high water content and is a very fragile fruit. The pears are typically eaten fresh and not baked. The outer peel is edible, similar to the skin on a Bosc pear, and the flesh inside is crunchy and sweet.
Why does my pear taste like alcohol?
Unlike European pears, Asian pears are ripened on the tree and can be eaten immediately after picking. In most cases, Asian pears keep in the refrigerator for up to three months (and in the case of the 20th Century variety, up to six months), but if kept too long, they develop a strong wine-like flavor.
How do you ripen a pear in minutes?
Placing the pears in a brown paper bag keeps ethylene close to the fruit and speeds up ripening. Any bag would work, but paper is preferred over plastic as it allows the fruit to breathe. Another way to ripen pears is to place them next to fruits like bananas, avocados, or apples (perhaps in a fruit bowl).