I have been seeing Asian pears or apple-pears being sold in local supermarkets. Can this fruit be grown here and if so what are the best varieties? The Asian pear has been on trial in Texas for several years now and the potential, especially in Central, West and North Texas, looks good. If you do not know what an Asian pear is, look in the fresh produce section of the larger supermarkets. These pears are considerably different from the old hard home-grown varieties like Keiffer and Orient. Asian pears have a distinct, but pear-like taste and they have a crisp texture, much like a good apple.
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Add To My Wish List. Hardiness Zone: 5a. One of the hardiest Asian pear varieties, this upright, spreading tree produces delicious, firm and juicy yellow fruit in summer; flowers profusely in early spring, and in fall, produces a striking orange-red display. Shinseiki Asian Pear is a medium-sized tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities.
One of my childhood memories is watching my grandmother can pears. Oriental pears are picked hard, ripened off the tree and used in baking and canning while European pears are softer like the ones bought in the store. Even though most people want to grow European pears, they do not grow well in Texas. Most of the pear trees in Texas are an Oriental variety because they have a strong resistance to fire blight.
Selected varieties produce good fruit with few management problems. These and other common European varieties are especially noted for their fresh eating quality. However, the susceptibility of European pears to fire blight excludes them from all but far West Texas. The Asian pear, often termed the "apple pear," is a third type that is gaining increased attention because of its unique fruit. Asian pears are relatively new to Texas and their adaptation is still undetermined.