What Is a Yali Pear?


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The Yali, or Ya Li pear is an Asian pear, indigenous to northern China. Yali pears, which are larger and rounder than European varieties, have easily bruised, thin, greenish-yellow skin and crisp, juicy white flesh, which is softer than other Asian pear varieties.

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American-grown Yali pears are in season from mid-September to mid-October. Chinese-imported Yali pears are available from October through January. Yali pears, ripened after harvest, are a highly perishable crop and usually shipped quickly to maintain the best quality. These pears can be stored at room temperature for up to a week or in the refrigerator for one to two days to maintain flavor after ripening.

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