December 1, 2014—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
You know Bartlett and D'Anjou and Comice and Bosc… But do you recall, the most apple-like pear of them all? It's Pyrus pyrifolia, a variety with origins in Asia, and often known by names like Chinese Pear, Japanese Pear, Taiwan Pear, and Korean Pear. Ours are grown in California's Central Valley, home to nearly three quarters of the crop of what we call Asian Pears. Among the unique features of the Asian Pear is its bronze-russet colored skin. Most unique, without a doubt, is the flavor - your palate may lead you to believe you're eating an apple, but don't be fooled. This is a pear. Another colloquial name for this variety, we should mention, is Apple Pear, so if you're fooled, you're in good company.
We think Asian Pears make enticing holiday gifts. Stuff one in a stocking or wrap it up in a bow. They make even more enticing holiday treats. Chill, slice, and serve with a platter of your favorite cheeses. These Pears are absolutely perfect with our Creamy Gorg, delightful with our Aged Vermont Cheddar, and unbeatable with Trader Joe's Slicing Brie. They also come with an unbeatable price. We're selling them for 89¢* each, a terrific value for these big, flavorful Asian Pears.
*Ounces, price and availability may vary by region. Currently Trader Joe's Asian Pears is $0.89 in our West Coast and Texas stores and $0.99 in our East Coast, Midwest and Southeast stores.