A century-old variety discovered in Japan, the 20th Century Asian Pear is yellow when ripe with a very crunch sweet white flesh. All Asian pears have textures more like that of apples. They are also round, like apples. While excellent for eating fresh, this variety can be cooked and baked with. They ripen on the tree and are ripe when they turn yellow.
The tree blooms white in the spring, and it bears an abundance of fruit which may need to be thinned. The fruit generally ripens in August.
While partly self-fertile, 20th Century Asian Pears will bear much heavier with other pears nearby. The Hosui and Chojuro are good pollinator varieties. They should be planted within 100 feet of each other. In windy areas, it’s often a good idea to plant the trees closer together. To ensure good pollination.