Of all the tree fruits we grow, my favorites are the Asian pears. The small trees top out at only 12 to 20 feet m tall, making them easy to maintain. Plus, they always make a good crop. Sometimes called Nashi pears or apple-pears, crisp and juicy Asian pears are delicious fresh, and even better when dried into sweet, chewy morsels. Trees start bearing about four years after planting and keep producing for at least 20 years.
Nashi asian pear varieties
Growing Nashi Pears | How to Grow Asian Pears
The Chinese Pear, also known as Apple-Pear due to its apple-shape, is usually eaten raw and peeled like an apple. It is used as a sweet addition to many dishes in the Asian cuisine. The fresh taste resembles pear, pineapple and honey with an Asian touch. The fruit has a high water concentration which makes it less suitable for pies or jams. The Nashi variety is round with a yellow-brown skin. The Ya variety is pear-shaped with a more white-brown skin.
Growing Asian Pears
There is something unique and wonderful about the sweet, snap of an Asian pear. Ichiban nashi Asian pears are the first of these eastern fruits to ripen. The fruits are often called salad pears because the crunch and flavor add life to fruit or vegetable bowls. The Asian pear ichiban nashi ripens as early as late June, so you can enjoy its crispy, refreshing taste along with many of your favorite early summer fruits. Asian pears prefer temperate climates but can thrive in cooler regions.
Pyrus pyrifolia is a species of pear tree native to East Asia. The tree's edible fruit is known by many names, including: Asian pear ,  Japanese pear ,  Chinese pear ,   Korean pear ,    Taiwanese pear , apple pear , zodiac pear , and sand pear. Traditionally in East Asia the tree's flowers are a popular symbol of early spring, and it is a common sight in gardens and the countryside.