The other day when we were busy flying through the grocery store–list in hand, because we always spend less when we have a list–I noticed that there was a pear with it’s own protective wrapping around it. I looked at my husband and asked him if any pear could possibly be worth shipping in it’s own styrofoam netting wrapped around it. Personally, seeing as how I am not a fan of pears (other than some divine Harry and David pears that I had at my grandmother’s once), I couldn’t see as how it could be worth the extra expense.
He didn’t seem to see it as remarkable one way or the other, simply shrugging his shoulders and saying “We can try one if you want.” Since they were on sale, and in the spirit of trying to expand my palette, I went ahead and grabbed one. We brought it home, stuck it in the refrigerator, and forgot about it for a few days until we needed a snack.
Let me start by saying that the most important thing I learned was not to buy produce on impulse. The Asian Brown Pear was awful! It was bitter, crunchy, and had a thick skin. However, all that together made it seem kind of like it wasn’t ripe. It wasn’t at all juicy, and really did have a kind of woody texture overall. Turned out none of us in the family liked it.
So is the Asian pear perfect, passable, or pathetic? Based on this attempt, I’d have to give it a resounding “pathetic.” To be fair, however, I think we’ll try it again, one more time, just to make sure that it wasn’t our fault the pear was awful. Next time, I’ll go to the supermarket armed with the information I found here.
To my readers: Have any of you had success with Asian pears? What’s your favorite kind of pear?