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Yoinashi Asian Pear
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This is not your average pear! If pears to you simply mean Bartlett, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Yoinashi is something quite different—an Asian pear. A Yoinashi Asian pear is shaped like a large, rounded apple, and it has a golden brown, russeted exterior and a creamy white, smooth-textured flesh. Bite into this exotic treat, and you’ll find it to be crisp and juicy, with a flavor reminiscent of butterscotch or brown sugar. And although they’re sweet like candy, Yoinashi pears are low-calorie, high-fiber indulgences that supply vitamins K and C, copper, and potassium—not to mention a wealth of health-promoting antioxidants. This is sweet snacking you can feel good about! Grow your own tree, and you can snack to your heart’s content.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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They may be hard to come by in this country outside of Asian markets, but Asian pears are loved in China, Japan, and Korea. They are prized for their sweet, delicate flavor and have an honored place at special occasions with friends and relatives. In China, however, it is the custom to never share an Asian pear with a loved one. In Chinese, the word for Asian pear is the same as the word for separate, and it is believed that sharing a pear with someone may cause the two of you to split up! Yoinashi is a modern Asian Pear introduction selected for its rich flavor and smooth texture. Its name in Japanese means “Nice Pear.”
Unlike European pears, which are best picked green and allowed to ripen off the tree, Asian pears do not continue to ripen once harvested and should be picked at their peak. You don’t have to eat your Yoinashi pears immediately, however, as they last for months in the refrigerator.
How to Grow
Grow your Yoinashi Asian Pear Tree in a sunny, open site with freely draining soil. It won’t tolerate “wet feet.” This tree will set some fruit on its own, but you will get better harvests if another variety of Asian Pear is nearby. Some European Pear Trees will also pollinate Yoinashi. As with most Asian Pears, an overabundance of fruit may form, which can weigh down the branches and cause breakage. Thin the pears when they are the size of a cherry. Asian Pears are subject to a few pest and disease organisms that can be troublesome. Our expert growers at firstname.lastname@example.org are happy to help you diagnose and solve any Pear Tree problems that may occur.
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