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Pearapple: Cross-breed or mutant?

Pearapple:  Cross-breed or mutant?

There are very few sites on the matter. When adding exotic fruits to a salad, papaya, mango and Pearapple are all good choices. Grocers local to the East Coast USA have started cramming Pearapples in between the apples and pears and most come from Chile. So what’s the real deal with these things? Japanese Pear, Asian Pear, Nashi Pear. These are all what’s pictured. South American countries have picked up this variety and begun providing us, their northern neighbors, with the more exotic Eastern fruit.

The Pyrus pyrifolia isn’t much of a mystery afterall. It’s a Pearapple; or a pear that resembles an apple in shape. There is one site that scientifically tracks the cross breeding and seeding of hybrids, but it’s really boring to read even though it’s super-short.

Pearapple:  Cross-breed or mutant?

The Pearapple is crispy, sweet and best when raw allegedly with the skin still on it. Peeling a Pearapple and soaking it lightly in lemon juice and water to prevent browning is best for presentation. Our three samples were smaller than the apple purchased for comparison though claims are that this fruit is, quite large and fragrant ( source ). WIKI talks more about Pearapples from Asia – again, most found locally are from Chile.

Another source to look up…

Apple pears have a sweet taste and an extremely crispy texture. Because of this, they are most commonly used raw, for example, when eaten whole with the skin intact. Apple pears are also a good addition to salads and go well when accompanied by other exotic fruits such as mangos and papaya or when combined with certain vegetables, such as cucumbers.

So while one cross-bred hybrid does exist deep in the bowels of a science lab somewhere, the Pearapple is in fact, after all, just a pear – and so called a Pearapple instead of an Applepear.

11 Responses to "Pearapple: Cross-breed or mutant?"

Jim Stearns says:

We discovered an apple tree on our farm that has a taste of pear in it. This tree very old and has not had chemicals on it for at lest 50 years maybe longer. I was wondering if it was possible for the old pear tree about 100 ft away cross pollunated with the apple tree. Anyway the fruit is amazing! We can’t get enough. This was not done in a lab but here on the farm by nature in upstate NY. We live south of Elmira NY. Has anyone else discovered these amazing fruit?

sarah says:

The Apple Pear is a relatively new fruit to most people, although they have been grown here since the Gold Rush days, when Chinese miners planted them in the foot hills of the Sierra Nevadas. For the most part, Apple Pear varieties are round in shape with white flesh giving them the appearance and texture similar to an apple. They have a refreshing pear flavor. There is no need for store-level ripening… Apple Pears ripen on the tree and are ready to eat when harvested. The long storage life of the Apple Pear is one of its strong marketing points… they will “store” for 10 to 14 days at room temperature; three to four weeks in the crisper of a refrigerator, and up to three or four months in a commercial cold storage facility.

jack says:

thats not right

David Tedeschi says:

Same tale as Jim’s experience, but in Northern Central Texas, West of Fort Worth. So the Sierra Nevada foothills and Chinese railway workers are out of the picture. There is a “Pearapple”? tree in a bare lot in our town. If you copy this into google maps,-97.6013928,3a,75y,37.38h,82.51t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1scDPoLthT3KRRcQGudi-_Cg!2e0 you can see the tree. It is the second one back. Unfortunately Google snapped the photo during winter.

I recall the house being removed about 15 years ago. Last year was the first time I ever looked at the tree up close and ate the fruit. At first I thought it was an apple and was mused at the possibility of apples growing in our climate. One bite and I knew it was a pear of some kind. The trunk of the tree is large. It has survived one of our hottest, driest summers with temps up to 115 and this winter was cold killing my Peach crop. The flesh is crisp and full of pear favor.

My family really would like to know more about this species of pear. Any other experiences? Would love to grow them as they seem to do better than my pears in my yard that I water and fertilize.

Barrie says:

My Italian neighbour grows them here in Buckinghamshire, England, UK. He brought a number of fruit trees over from his home in Sicily in the 1950s, and this was amongst them. Stores very well, firm texture, definitely a pear though, even if it looks like an apple. Very, very heavy crop September 2014.

alani says:

Me and my family recently moved into our home and we were aware that there were fruit trees in our backyard but we didn’t know the specific fruits. After doing some research we found out we had apple pears. They are so delicious and are loved by everyone that visits. Love love love.

Elizabeth says:

They are amazing the shape and texture of an apple but the flavor of a pear.

MartinB says:

This tree provides the – THE – best nectar for honeybees. The honey produced from this nectar has a wonderful pear flavor to it that is unsurpassed in honey flavors!

Larry says:

I grew some apple pear trees from seed but they have not bloomed at 5 years old. They are about 12 feet tall. Will they ever bear fruit?

Lar says:

My home in Fulton MO was built in 1879 and has an old, old pearapple tree. It bore small multi axis fruit till I heavily pruned it, cutting the top 8 feet out of it but leaving a 16 foot weirdly shaped tree. Now it bears enormous 4 inch pears with mottled skins because I use no chemicals. I call them Butt Ugly Beauties because I thought they were misshapen crabapples when I moved in.

Chris says:

Jim Stearns, what you are describing is an apple with some pear flavor. Many varieties would fit the bill; Hudson’s Golden Gem is my local favorite. The subject of this article, “pearapples” has nothing to do with apples. They are simply Asian pears. Not sure why they link to the article about pear-apple hybrids as it has nothing to do with Asian pears. Incidentally, there is a hybrid of an Asian pear with a Bartlett-like pear, that Peter Kieffer developed in Philadelphia in the 1800s. This Kieffer pear used to be grown in a lot of yards and is great for baking and pies. Or fresh eats, if you ok with a pear that has a texture like a guava.

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