How do Asian pears compare to other common pear varieties?
There are dozens of pear varieties, but the most common grocery store types are Asian, Anjou, Bartlett, and Bosc. We tasted each raw in our Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola and Pear (which uses pear slices in the salad and processed pear in the dressing), roasted, and in our Pear-Walnut Upside-Down Cake. Our notes on each variety follow.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Asian pears are more crisp, less juicy, and have a milder flavor than other common pears, so they are not really suitable for cooked applications. But they’re good for snacking or to add texture to salads.