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Growing up, I remember sometimes being able to get 'apple-pears' from the grocery store. I'm fairly certain that's what they called them, not just a name we gave them. Now, I see similar things, but more than one. I currently have a few called 'qiuyue pear' according to the sticker on it. Is there a simple name for these types of things? @Jae and @Mendalla mentioned Korean and Chinese pears - is this one of those?
 

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The Chinese pears we occasionally buy are usually labelled as "Ya pears" on the stickers. However, Mrs. M tells me "ya pear" is redundant because "Ya" is just a transliteration of a Mandarin word for "pear". Western groceries usually put "Chinese" or "Asian" pear on the sign. Haven't seen "qiuyue" pears, however a quick Google shows it's a variety that looks like the ones we get so probably the same thing or a variety thereof (e.g. Macs vs. Cortlands in apples).
 

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Gives a pear taste to those that wouldn't wish to bite a pair ... thus the applet in the myth of what some just don't abide by in general tastes ...

And some would like to ruin the other's meal ... another attempt at min'e' control at the pits of the doings ... gods are just non-manageable ... something like Sisyphus ... to get over ... it takes timeous dimensions, patience, sapiens or sentient (watchmen)!
 

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The Chinese pears we occasionally buy are usually labelled as "Ya pears" on the stickers. However, Mrs. M tells me "ya pear" is redundant because "Ya" is just a transliteration of a Mandarin word for "pear". Western groceries usually put "Chinese" or "Asian" pear on the sign. Haven't seen "qiuyue" pears, however a quick Google shows it's a variety that looks like the ones we get so probably the same thing or a variety thereof (e.g. Macs vs. Cortlands in apples).
Ya' ... close to the fruit of gods ... just hanging there in the tree ... some picking and choosing expected ... with care ... for lasting effect! Then many don't care what happens next once they got it ... could be metaphorical regarding insubstantial matters!

Emotional and mental health is like that and few even see what's invisible ... unscene?
 

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Definitely similar to or the same as the Chinese ones. Probably different varieties of the same plant. I was a bit surprised at first when Mrs. M introduce me to them because they don't have the distinctive shape we usually associate with pears here.
 
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Do those things ever get soft and juicy? The ones we had (even after waiting for a week or two) made us wonder if we were chewing damp wood.
 

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Definitely similar to or the same as the Chinese ones. Probably different varieties of the same plant. I was a bit surprised at first when Mrs. M introduce me to them because they don't have the distinctive shape we usually associate with pears here.
Yes, nor the taste. I love the Korean pears (which, I suspect you're right, are very-much related to the Chinese ones). However, I do not like regular pears at all. They just taste like eating mushy apples to me.
 

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They just taste like eating mushy apples to me.
Amen. Even if I liked the taste, the texture would put me off. With the Asian ones, I'm okay with the texture but still don't really like the taste. Apples are my hard fruit of choice, preferably Mac or Empire.
 
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Amen. Even if I liked the taste, the texture would put me off. With the Asian ones, I'm okay with the texture but still don't really like the taste. Apples are my hard fruit of choice, preferably Mac or Empire.
Macs are great - especially right off the tree. Mom brought some Spartans home with her from her farm in NB this year. Also delicious.
 

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Macs are great - especially right off the tree. Mom brought some Spartans home with her from her farm in NB this year. Also delicious.
Haven't had Spartans in a while. I think I like them but not as much as Macs. Empire are actually a hybrid of Mac and Delicious and it seems to be a winning combo for me. I've always found Delicious, esp. Red, to be too sweet and mushy but adding the Mac genes seems to fix that.
 

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Haven't had Spartans in a while. I think I like them but not as much as Macs. Empire are actually a hybrid of Mac and Delicious and it seems to be a winning combo for me. I've always found Delicious, esp. Red, to be too sweet and mushy but adding the Mac genes seems to fix that.
I can't comment on Empire. I can't recall trying them. I agree with you on the Delicious, though they were always a Christmas favorite. Santa leaves them in the toe of our stockings along with a big, fat, juicy orange. The Spartans were fresh-picked off the tree before mom came to Toronto, and they were delightful.
 

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My favourite apple, bar none, is the Russet. Almost never find them in grocery stores, but a local orchard has a few trees, so I get them from him. Unfortunately, they are also HIS favourite apple, and so he usually runs out sometime around Christmas.
 

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There used to be hundreds of delicious apples available. Our local stores usually only carry Delicious, Spartan and Granny Smith. Sometimes I yearn for a yummy apple like those of my childhood .
 

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The Spartans were fresh-picked off the tree before mom came to Toronto, and they were delightful.
I had fresh picked cherries and peaches when I lived in Hamilton but have never had fresh picked apples. We had a cherry tree of our own and were only a half hour or so from the eastern end of the Niagara fruit growing region (Winona-Grimsby).
 

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Those look like the ones I am most familiar with, the ones I had recently were darker in colour.
Another type that I did not buy (can't remember if I did in the past) are very large, about the size of a large grapefruit.
 
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Do those things ever get soft and juicy? The ones we had (even after waiting for a week or two) made us wonder if we were chewing damp wood.
Soft? No, or if they are they are really bruised or way past their prime. I think comparing them to apples instead of pears is a better way to go. They are actually more juicy than apples. They are very crisp, not crunchy and dense like an apple, they do have a bit of the gritty texture of a pear and have a freshness that reminds me of starfruit.
 

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Those look like the ones I am most familiar with, the ones I had recently were darker in colour.
Another type that I did not buy (can't remember if I did in the past) are very large, about the size of a large grapefruit.
The ones we get are grapefruit-sized.
 
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