The Asian pear, known scientifically as the Pyrus pyrifolia, is a species of pear native to certain areas of East Asia. This pear, also known as the Japanese pear, Chinese pear, Korean pear, Taiwanese pear, apple pear, sand pear, and more, is an integral part of many East Asian cuisines and food cultures. Here, I will list some informative Korean culture facts as well as some foods which use the Asian pear as an ingredient. Then, I will cover some frequently asked questions about the Asian pear.
In South Korea, popular fruits from around the globe, such as oranges, strawberries, and bananas, are commonly available. Unfortunately, many native fruits to South Korea are not as easy to find in other countries and continents. Below, I listed some popular types of Korean fruit to look out for. On one hand, you may find these in your local grocery or Asian market. If so, definitely make sure to try them! On the other hand, some of these fruits may only be available if and when you travel to South Korea or other East Asian countries!