I found these delicious Japanese/Korean pears at the market the other day for just PHP140 a kilo. Relative to their previously lofty prices, that is a steal. Fruits from temperate countries seem to be peaking just about now, after a long summer of growth and ripening. August and September mean serious stone fruit harvest, grapes, apples and pears. A few years ago, a single large near perfectly shaped Japanese pear might run you USD 4 in the U.S. and oddly, USD10 or more in Japan. The Japanese have an incredible anal retentiveness regarding perfection in fruit, which must result in a lot of rejects. I once heard they had special melons in groceries or department stores for upwards of USD150 a piece!
I am not so sure why the fruit has to be so consistently beautiful when they are a product of natureâ€¦I mean what population of humans around the world are all 10â€™s on a scale of 1 to 10??? Nevertheless, this Japanese pear is far juicier than say Anjous or Bartletts. It has less flavor I think but is sweet and refershing. I like a Japanese pear for a simple dessert after a heavy meal, served cold. Or you can add it to fruit salads or even green salads that need a touch of sweetness and crunch. I am almost certain that the pears that make it to our shores are the equivalent of the beauty challenged in Japan, slightly askew, oddly shaped and with blemishes on their skinâ€¦not to worry, it doesnâ€™t seem to affect the taste.