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Tottori Pear: Harvest time is around the corner.

 Unlike European pears, Japanese pears are generally round in shape, like apples. Japanese pears can be roughly categorized into two types by skin color: “Akanashi (red pears),” which have a brown skin and “Aonashi (green pears),” which have a greenish-yellow skin. Tottori Prefecture is nationally renowned for its pear production, and is Japan’s largest production area of the Nijusseiki species (Aonashi) (shown in photo).
 The Nijusseiki species was unexpectedly discovered in 1888 in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, and was introduced to Tottori Prefecture in 1904. The first Nijusseiki tree transplanted to Tottori Prefecture is still in good condition today. This “parent tree,” located in Tottori City, still produces fruit.
 The Nijusseiki pear is characterized by its refreshing sweetness, freshness and crispy texture. It is high in fiber content, a characteristic known to be beneficial to the human body in maintaining good physical condition. The pear’s unique taste is popular not only within Japan, but also in foreign countries, including Taiwan, Hong Kong and the US.
 Tottori Prefecture is aggressively promoting projects for pear species improvement, based on a long-term perspective. Promising new species with growing production include the Shinkansen (Akanashi) (This name, the same as that of Japan’s famous super-express train, and is easily remembered by Japanese people) and the Natsuhime (Aonashi).
 The Shinkansen species is characterized by its remarkable sweetness, with a sugar content of about 14%. The Natsuhime species, less tart and sweeter than the Nijusseiki species, is characterized by its refreshing taste. Both of these new species are ready to eat earlier than Nijusseiki.
 For marketing and strategic reasons, shipments of Nijusseiki start in late August every year in Tottori, though the best time to eat this species is September or even later. The introduction of these new species (especially Natsuhime) makes it possible for Tottori pear growers to start shipping Nijusseiki later than previously, which is ideal in terms of optimal taste. Having multiple species with different shipment times, growers can deliver fruits at the ideal time, which means that the fruits are ready to eat upon their arrival at retail stores and that Tottori-grown pears can enjoy prolonged profit-making days.
 In addition to the pears mentioned above, Tottori Prefecture grows a variety of other pears. The harvest time for pears is just around the corner, so be sure to enjoy the special taste of autumn, proudly brought to you by Tottori Prefecture.
Contact : Public Relations Division of Tottori Prefecture
Phone or E-mail 0857-26-7097
Website http://www.pref.tottori.lg.jp/