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What is a Korean pear?

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A Korean pear is the fruit of the Pyrus pyrifolia tree. It is a fruit that resembles an apple in shape and is golden in color. The fruit is both crunchy and juicy.

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Other common names for the Korean pear are Asian pear, Japanese pear, Chinese pear, sand pear and apple pear. The pear is allowed to grow to full size on the tree before harvesting. The trees grow in well-drained soil in areas free of late-spring frost. Countries that produce Korean pears include Australia, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Taiwan and Cyprus. South Korea has a museum dedicated to the Korean pear located in the city of Naju, Naju Pear Museum and Pear Orchard for Tourists.

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