“The artist is the confidant of nature. Flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.” —- Auguste Rodin.
Sometimes a dialogue can involve visual elements and not necessarily an interplay of spoken words. In the case of the Chinese apple pear the line of communication is usually one sided. The familiar protective covering on each apple pear should be clue to the fact that this is a special fruit that merits your attention if not personal inspection.
Apples and pears are closely related members of the rose family but, and this is important to note, the Asian apple pear effectively blurs the line between the two fruits. Scientists are baffled as to how to describe the hybrid fruit but taste aficionados prefer eating it as opposed to mincing words about its inherent merits.
The brightly colored Asian pear has a crispness, texture, size and at times roundness of the most superlative eating apple. In a real sense it is special and the growers and shippers of the pear treat it in a special way. Thus the special shipping coverlet helps protect it from bruising during shipping and super market handling.
Customers in super markets who buy the apple pears do not truly understand the need for the white coverlet remaining on the pear after it has been placed in the grocer’s fruit and vegetable display areas. They consider it an inconvenience and a nuisance.
Managers in some of these stores order their staff to throw away the coverlet and let the fruit remain in display cases unprotected. This lack of dialogue subjects the fruit to undue bruising and mishandling.
This is the time of year when the Asian apple pear begins to appear on many super market shelves. If you have never tried the pear do yourself a flavor and pick one soon. You will be glad you did.