Pyrus pyrifolia is a pear tree species native to China, Japan, and Korea. The tree's edible fruit is known by many names, including: Asian pear , nashi (Japanese: ?? ) or nashi pear , Korean pear , Japanese pear , Taiwan pear , sand pear , apple pear , bae (Korean: ?), or li (Chinese: ? ). In South Asia, the fruit is known as nashipati or nashpati .
Pyrus pyrifolia is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft 10in). It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in April, and the seeds ripen in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.
Fruit - raw or cooked. Hard and gritty. Firm crisp and juicy when fully ripe, they are eaten out of hand or used in fruit salads, pies or baked etc. The fruit is up to 3cm long. Up to 5cm in another report.
The average yield from wild trees in the Himalayas is 83kg per year, though some trees yield up to 200kg. The fruit contains about 4.9% sugars, 3.2% protein, 0.9% pectin.