An Asian pear is a type of pear that belongs to the genus Pyrus, the same as the common or European pear. However, Asian pears are different from European pears in several ways. Asian pears are native to East Asia, especially China, Japan, and Korea. They have a round shape like an apple, and a crisp and juicy flesh that does not soften when ripe. They have a pale green, yellow, brown, or cinnamon skin that is speckled and slightly rough. Asian pears can be eaten raw or cooked. They are usually eaten fresh as a snack or dessert, sliced thinly or cut into wedges. They can also be added to salads, sandwiches, smoothies, baked, roasted or poached.