Asian--or Chinese, Japanese or apple--pears are ready to eat while still hard. Like peaches and apples, round to slightly flat Asian pears ripen on the tree. Ripe fruit is firm and fragrant, with crisp, juicy flesh that keeps well for months in storage.
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A freelance writer, Judy Wolfe has owned Prose for the Pros, a freelance writing business, since 2006. She's been an inveterate traveler since 1961 and draws on her travel experiences to provide articles for such websites as Chincoteague Island Vacations and Berlin Dude. Wolfe holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from California State University at Pomona.