Two summers ago I purchased an asian pear tree. I had never grown one before and I had no idea what to expect and how long it would take to produce fruit. That first summer the tree produced four pears. They grew to the size of a small apple and I waited and waited for them to show signs of ripening. Problem was I did not know the signs of a ripe asian pear so I picked them still a little green. They tasted good but they were not quite ripe. An asian pear has white flesh and has the shape and texture of an apple but is less juicy then a regular pear and it also has a more subtle pear flavor.
This summer the tree put on over seventy fruit. Problem is I did not thin the fruit nor did I provide support for the fruiting branches and I lost a branch bearing around 25 immature pears. I then got smart and provided support for the two remaining fruiting branches and the pears ripened nicely. In total we will have around thirty or so ripe pears to eat. They are ripe when the outside flesh turns a pale yellow.