To determine whether an Asian pear is ripe, consider its color, skin thickness, smell and taste. An Asian pear is ripe when it is sweet and juicy and has crisp flesh.
The most important factor in assessing an Asian pear's ripeness is its taste. If the pear tastes sweet and juicy then it is ripe. As an alternative to tasting the pear, consider its color. An Asian pear from Japan will be yellow-brown, and a pear from China will be greenish-yellow when ripe. The smell of a ripe Asian pear will be strong and sweet. A ripe pear also has thin skin.