Nashi

Japanese Pear

Quite distinct from Western pears in both texture and flavour, nashi are large and apple-shaped, with a crisp bite and a light, sweet taste. With a water content of around 90%, nashi are often eaten during the long, hot Japanese summer as a means of combating heat exhaustion. They are often given as a seasonal gift in the summer and autumn. Nashi are a rich source of potassium which means that they can be effective in reducing blood pressure.