20th-Century Asian pear and Cambridge Mill

20th-Century Asian pear and Cambridge Mill

This is a delicious and somewhat unfamiliar fruit: the Asian pear. It’s also known as a nashi pear. A less succulent name is sand pear.

The fruit has a ceremonial role in some Asian cultures and might be given as a gift. There are more than 100 varieties, most of them grown in Japan. What makes them unique perhaps is that though they are quite firm and crisp, they are also very juicy. We likely get the variety known as “Twentieth Century” or nijisseiki pear here in North America.

At the Cambridge Mill, the fruit is part of an appetizer called “Asian pear and French blue,” which is baby gem (like a mini-Romaine) lettuce, candied walnut, pickled onion and blue cheese dressing.

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