The Tastes of Pear and Ginger
Pears are a versatile fruit due to the many varieties available and distinct flavors they impart. However, when most people think of pear flavor, it’s usually a Bartlett pear they imagine. This is the classic pear flavor that’s usually accompanied by a smooth, juicy mouthfeel.
And while Bartletts are a delicious choice, you can reach for D’Anjou pears if you want a citrus note or Boscs for a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Concorde pears have a distinct vanilla taste and pair well with cheese, while the red Starkrimson pear is known for its floral flavor and aroma. Round Asian pears, which go well with Asian condiments like soy sauce and five-spice powder, are known for their melon taste.
Ginger, on the other hand, can be thought of as having essentially two different flavor profiles—one when fresh and another when dry. Fresh ginger is bright, sweet, and peppery, with citrus and floral notes. Dried ginger is warm, spicy, more earthy, and less aromatic.