Asian pear
also know as apple pear

I have just discovered the Asian pear or as some people call them Apple pears. They are not a combination of apples and pears though; they are a variety of pear. They look like an apple and have an apple-like structure, but they taste like pears. To me they seem juicier than apples. They taste so good.

Asian pear nutrition:

Fiber -             17% of the daily allowance
potassium -     4% of daily allowance
Vitamin C -      7% of daily allowance
Magnesium -   2% of daily allowance
Protein -          1% of daily allowance
Vitamin K -       5.5 mcg

total omega fatty acids - 65.9 mg
Add to this antioxidants and no fat. You can keep them unpeeled in your refrigerator for up to 3 months. did I mention that they are crunchy and juicy and taste so good.

Asian Pear Smoothie

A smoothie made with Asian pears is delicious. it is smooth and refreshing. They also look very nice when garnished with walnuts, and nuts add a little crunch and taste to your smoothie.

A few simple ingredients:

A good blender is a necessity for making a great smoothie.ready to blend

1      C Chopped Asian pears               1       banana
1      C chopped mangos                      1- 2   T chia seeds
2/3   C blueberries

Put all ingredients in you blender and blend until consistency  you like. I use the smoothie setting on my Blendtec blender. The pear is juicy so you shouldn't need extra liquid, but if you like a thinner smoothie, feel free to add some water. 

Asian pears originated in Japan and China where they have been cultivated for at least 3000 years. They are grown in other countries now. I have been researching to see if they will grow in the Fort Worth area, but I am not sure yet. You may want to research the area where you live to see if it would be a good idea to plant an Asian pear tree. You can always buy some at whole food markets.

Click on the above pictures for some great pear treats that would also be good with Asian pears or as some people say, Apple pears.

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