Ingredient Name:  Snow Pears or Pyrus Nivalis

Chinese Name:  雪梨 (xuě lí)

What is this?
  • An edible fruit grown from pear trees
  • It is usually round and found to grow well in cooler temperatures
  • The snow pear is often firm in handling and is often associated with being on the more sour and tangy side of taste
  • Snow pears are known to be a “cooling” fruit

How do I prepare it?

  • Wash the snow pears in warm running water
  • Halve the snow pear and core
  • Use halves for soups as the pears sometimes disintegrate if they are too small

Where can I buy this?

  • In most asian supermarkets, this fruit tends to be in season all year round
  • Western supermarkets will also sometimes carry this fruit
  • Be sure to buy snow pears that are firm and blemish free

What is the cost?

  • Snow pears are relatively affordable at $3-5 HKD / pear

Any benefits?

  • Pears have 0 fat and provide a healthy intake of natural sugars
  • Pears are also packed with Vitamin A, C and E1
  • They contain excellent amounts of copper and potassium and are packed with carbohydrates
  • Pears also are the least allergenic of all fruits and is often found as a first foods for babies
  • They are said to assist with the lower of cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Pears are excellent laxatives due to their high fiber content

Any precautions?

  • Pears, especially Snow Pears, are known to be a “cooling” food
  • Women who are pregnant or menstruating should take caution when consuming Snow Pears

Any substitutes?

  • “Crystal” pears can also be substituted for Snow Pears in soups
  • Apples are also an ideal substitute

 Additional Information?

  • Snow Pears store very well 
  • At room temperatures, they can be stored for up to 1 month

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