The Chinese pear
The Asian pear, native to China and Japan, looks like a more or less flattened apple. Its edible skin can be yellow-green, light yellow or golden yellow, depending on the variety. Its flesh resembles that of a pear: it can be crunchy, very juicy, sweet or with a hint of acidity depending on the variety. It lends itself to the same recipes as pears and apples: stewed, baked, in tarts, etc. It is also delicious grated in a salad with avocado, prawns and soy sauce, for example.
The Asian pear contains potassium which is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, magnesium which is ideal for reducing stress, vitamin C which has antioxidant properties, fibre which promotes digestion, and copper which plays an essential role in the formation of haemoglobin and collagen. It also contains a lot of water (88.6 g per 100 g), making it a very thirst-quenching fruit.