So cool, so raw

Asian pears

Illustration by HOLLY GERHARD

In China, you should never share a pear. Why? The translation sounds like the word for “separate,” so it’s considered bad luck. It’s best to keep them for yourself and enjoy the cool, grainy lushness of Asian pears. Available in soothing earth tones of green, yellow and tan, Asian pears taste best raw. Their high water content makes them refreshing in salads and on cheese plates. Love Korean bulgogi? The marinade usually includes pureed Asian pears. Eat up quickly, because these pears ripen on the tree.