How do you eat a nashi?
Like a pear, most of the vitamins are in the shell. Therefore, a nashi should be eaten raw.
The exterior of the Nashi is reminiscent of the pear or apple known in Europe. (Photo by: © karaidel / fotolia.com)
The Nashi pear originally comes from China. Today it is also grown in France, Japan, all of East Asia, Chile, Italy and even in Germany.
- In contrast to the pear known in Europe, whose flesh is soft and melting, the flesh of the nashi is firm and granular, just like the apple.
- The bowl of the Nashi is edible, thin and yellow to light green.
- The fruit contains a core, as we know from apples and pears.
- The flesh is light and juicy, it tastes a little like pear and sweet.
Info: The Nashi is also known as Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Asian pear.
The fruit contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium.
That's how you eat a nashi
The Nashi is usually eaten raw as fresh fruit (like an apple or pear) . The peel can be removed before consumption, but it does not have to be because it contains most of the nutrients.
Without a bowl, the Nashi tastes even juicier and sweeter. Peeled or cut Nashis oxidize very quickly in the air and turn brown.
Before you eat it fresh, you should cool the nashi well, because it tastes very refreshing.
Maturity and storage
The Nashi pear is harvested unripe - it only ripens when it is offered for sale in warm rooms.
After purchase, the ripe fruit can be stored for up to 2 weeks (at room temperature), but not in the refrigerator - it would damage the aroma and taste.
The flesh of the Nashi is very sensitive to pressure, which is why the fruit is often sold individually packaged.
Use in the kitchen
The main area of application is the same as that of many exotic fruits:
- Fruit salad, jam, compote, jam or fruit puree are the best known uses.
- It is also suitable for the preparation of ice cream, sorbet, pudding or similar sweet temptations.
- Another application is the combination with soft cheese and milk products, for example milk shake.
- The Nashi can also be consumed as a savory variant, for example with Parma ham.
- A combination with strong cheeses also results in a delicate dish.
- The Nashi is also very suitable in combination with game.
- The sweet and juicy taste of steamed nashi harmonises very well with game meat of all kinds, it doesn't always have to be cranberry.
- The Nashi is not suitable for decoration purposes because it turns brown quite quickly when it is processed.
Tip: Due to its low acidity, the Nashi is also very suitable for the production of baby porridge.
Our recipe tips:
- Whole grain nashi cake
- Stuffed nashi
- Nashi poppy seed cake