The other day, my friend E announced that she was eating more fruits and vegetables. She blamed me and, for now, I'll accept responsibility for this dubious decision of hers. But only because she bought a bunch of apple pears and has since decided that they are not to her taste. So I have been the recipient of the rejected fruit.
I like it.
My extensive research (I asked some students also eating free-fruit from E) confirms that this fruit is most often known as an Asian Pear. That's one of those 1970s-ish names ----- an attempt to be exotic that now sounds sketchy. The apple-pear has the firm feel and look of an apple but the gritty (and sometimes soft) texture of a pear. It's an appleish pear with thicker skin. Or a pearish apple? Anyway, it was sweet, juicy, and tasty. I think that this fruit should get a more exotic name, up the price, and try to lure Whole Foods onto the gravy train of fruit sales.