Asian pears are often called apple pears because they are crisp like an apple, but have a pear-like flavor and aroma. While slightly exotic, they are relatively easy to grow. Most trees cultivated for home gardens are dwarf varieties that reach only 8' to 15' tall. Popular types include Korean Giant and Shinko. For a decent crop of fruit, Asian pears need to be cross-pollinated with a compatible variety.
Espalier refers to an ancient technique, resulting in trees that grow flat, either against a wall, or along a wire-strung framework. Many kinds of trees respond beautifully to the espalier treatment, but fruit trees, like apple and pear, were some of the earliest examples. And, because necessary sunlight reaches every piece of fruit that these trees bear, espalier pruning remains standard procedure at commercial orchards in France. Earlier this week, I plotted out where my new pear trees would be planted - on one side of my stable in front of my peafowl and pigeon pens - and then my outdoor grounds crew took on the task of getting them into the ground.
The Nijiseiki pear originated in Japan around and was responsible for the high popularity of Asian pears in Japan. Stores up to six months. The Nijiseiki pears flesh is white, fruity, sweet, slightly tart and quite juicy. The Asian pear tree is medium size, dense and upright. Moderate fireblight resistance.
Crisp and juicy. Delicate skin. A brown to orange, russet-skinned early-midseason variety with high sugar content. White flesh; crisp; slightly aromatic;butterscotch flavor.