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Discovering India’s unique pear varieties

Pears are succulent, juicy, and buttery with the right amount of crunch, it makes a yummy bite.  Known as Nashpati in India, this bulb-shaped fruit is yellow and green with a hue of pink making the pear very attractive to see. The flesh varies from white to creamy and should be cut just before consuming. This prevents oxidisation.

Health is in your pears

It works best for your 6 pm hunger pangs as well. So at 6 in the evening, when your tummy starts to rumble, it is the Pear that you will gobble. And why not…the pear is felt to be the second most nutritious fruit after the apple. It is a good source of quercetin, vitamins, dietary fibre, and essential amino acids.

Crunch as you munch

Cut, slice, and bite into it, there are many ways to enjoy this delicious fruit. Enjoy the sweet cool pear rabri. Fresh and ripe, pears make one of our favourites, Pear Vinaigrette. While it can be seen as a fruit on your table it works equally well in healthy autumn salads as it is known for its aromatic sweetness and crispiness.

Cue in on cultivation

The fruit enjoyed the world over, grows on trees and are plucked late summer and a little beyond. The pear tree is a type of genus Pyrus in the family Rosaceae. Related to the apple family, the pear too has a core with seeds.

Numerous species of pears are prized for their delicious fruit and juices. In India, Pear is cultivated in UP, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.  Pear is native to Asia, North America, Western Europe, China, and Pakistan. Easy to cultivate as it can be grown on a variety of soil from sandy loam to clay loam. For the best yield, it has to be cultivated in deep, well-drained, fertile soil. The pH of the soil should not be more than 8.7. Interestingly, there are an astounding more than 3,000 varieties of pears grown globally. However, they vary in both, taste and shape.

Pear types


Pear is known as Nashpati in India. It is a common variety of pear with an exciting sweet sour taste making it ideal for those who don’t like it too sweet. It contains a good amount of vitamin C and other healthy nutrients. It is crunchier to eat and has more seeds.


This variety is sweeter than Nashpati without the hint of tanginess.  It has a pleasant taste and looks soft in appearance. The seeds are smaller in comparison to the pear seeds. It has a fibrous interior and so stimulates digestion and could help cleanse the colon. It is also high in antioxidants and flavonoids. In Ayurveda, the fruit of Babugosha is used to relieve fever. The Babugosha fruit is recognized as a powerful and natural fever reliever. Babugosha also helps lose weight as it has low-fat content.


It is hard, round and medium size. It is green in colour with dots on it. The flesh is juicy and crisp and has a good shelf life therefore it can be packed in a picnic bag on a long-distance journey. Patharnakh matures in the last week of July.

Punjab Nakh

It is a hard pear variety and belongs to the Patharnakh family. The fruits are oval, dotted and light yellowish-green in colour.  The flesh is crisp and juicy. Like Patharnakh the fruits are ready to be plucked and harvested in the last week of July.

If you want some pears to adorn your table, you don’t have to go far and wide for this fruit. Just click on the link given below you can get a box of this fruit for yourself at your doorstep.

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