Dongguo pear, locally known as Daguozi, belongs to white pear species, it originated from drainage areas of the Yellow River, and is a famous fruit brand in Jingyuan County. According to local records, there were "garden operators" on both sides of the Yellow River in Ming Dynasty, who plants this pear in a scale.
Dongguo Pear is commonly called Xiyuan Pear produced in the suburbs of Lanzhou and Gaolan, Jingyuan and Hexi area, the best kind is from Shuimogou and Xiyuan in huazhaizi town, Qilihe district, Lanzhou City, with hundreds of years of cultivation history. It is among the 8 best kinds of pear of Gansu Due to the special quality of earth and water of Shuimogou, Qilihe district, the Dongguo Pear it produced is tender in flesh, juicy and crispy, it is exclusive in the country. Dongguo pear is harvested in September and can be stored until the June of next year, and its color and taste remain intact. It can eliminate phlegm and clear the lung, stop the cough and drives away the cold. Cooked pear has a good effect on the elderly patients with asthma and tracheitis, and enjoys a good reputation among the fruits.
Among the fruits of Lanzhou, the most famous one is Lanzhou Dongguo Pear, It has bright color, beautiful shape, thin peel and tender flesh, moderate balance of sweet and sour. It can be stored for a long time and is popular in domestic and foreign markets. Lanzhou Dongguo Pear can be classified by the size: Large Dongguo Pear, The fruit is obovate and large, with an average weight of 320-500g. The fruit is golden yellow when it is ripe, the peel is thick and coarse. The flesh is tender and white, juicy and crisp, strong flavor, moderate balance of sweet and sour. The sugar content is about 9%; Small Dongguo Pear is mutated from the bud of Large Dongguo Pear. The fruit is round or oval, with an average fruit weight of 157.5g. The fruit juice is not as much as that of Large Dongguo Pear, and its storage period is not as long as that of Large Dongguo Pear either. However, it has thin peel, tender flesh and sweet taste. It has become one of the best local specialties in Gansu Province because of its good taste.
Pears are usually eaten raw, but Dongguo Pear is more flavored when cooked. During the winter when the snow is heavy and the wind is cold, if you can have a bowl of Dongguo pear boiled with rock sugar and grape raisins, you will be warmed up and saturated with its sweet and fragrance. It can provide water after eating supply heat to the whole body, sooth the cough and warm the stomach, it can also eliminate phlegm and moisten the lung.