Japanese pears are great - they look like apples and have all the crispness of that fruit (not the unpleasant softness of Western pears - which by the are called yonashi), but when you bite in it the surprise is that you get the taste and juiciness of a pear!
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Japanese pears can be brown or green or of the variety called nijisseiki. Pears are grown in Chiba, Tottori, Nagano, Ibaraki and Fukushima. Available from mid-summer through autumn, they provide refreshment in the hot weather.