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Nashpati (Asian Pear) vs. Babugosha (European Pear): How Do They Differ?

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Learn how to tell the nashpati and babugosha pears apart.

Learn how to tell the nashpati and babugosha pears apart.

Asian vs. European Pears

Did you know there are about 3,000 different pear varieties? In India, two of the most commonly available pear varieties are the nashpati and the babugosha.

These two pears look similar to one another, and because of this many people mistake one for the other. In this article, I will tell you how you can easily distinguish between these two fruits.

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Nashpati is the fruit of the Pyrus pyrifolia tree. It is also called Asian pear.

Babugosha is the fruit of the Pyrus communis tree. It is also called European pear.

Nashpati vs. Babugosha Pears


Also known as

Asian pear

European pear


Green to yellowish green to brown

Green to yellowish to red, or a combination

Shape and feel

Round in shape and feels hard when pressed

Bottle shaped and feels soft when pressed


Thick, rough skin. Sometimes peeled before eating.

Very thin, smooth skin. Not peeled before eating.


Firm, crisp, grainy

Soft, juicy, grainy

When very ripe

Retains its firmness and crispness

Becomes very soft and juicy


Large seeds

Small seeds


Less expensive (Rs 60/kilo)

More expensive (Rs 100/kilo)

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