Kikusui Asain Pears
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The Kikusui Asian pear is also referred to as the 21st Century Asian pear. It is a sweet-tart round fruit that is sometimes knobby. It has a greenish yellow skin and is excellent for raw eating.
Kikusui Asian pears are available in the fall.
There are thousands of different known varieties of Asian pears, each varying slightly in shape and color. All Asian pears today are relatives of Pyrus ussuriensis (Ussuri pear) and Pyrus serotina (Japanese sand pear). The Asian pear is known by many names including Nashi, Japanese pear, sand pear and Chinese pear. Though of no relation to apples Asian pears are often referred to as apple pears because of their crisp and juicy apple like consistency.
Asian pears are low in calories with about 50 calories per medium sized pear. They are a good source of vitamin C with each pear containing 8% of your daily requirement and provide a fair amount of fiber, most of which is found in the skin. Fiber rich foods such as Asian pears have been show to help lower cholesterol levels and prevent colon cancer. In Chinese medicine Asian pears are considered a cooling fruit and are used for detoxification purposes and to treat coughs, laryngitis, ulcers and constipation. They are also used in Chinese medicine to help promote a healthy complexion, eliminate under eye circles and relieve retina pain.
The firm and crisp texture of Asian pears make them a popular addition to salads. Add sliced or cubed pear to green and fruit salads or grate and add to coleslaw. Their sweet flavor and juiciness will add moisture and flavor to cakes, pies, muffins and quick breads.
Recipes that include Kikusui Asain Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Boxing Day||Asian Pear Butter|
|Vegetarian Times||Yellow Beet and Asian Pear Salad|
|Vegetarian Times||Wilted Spinach Salad with Asian Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans|