Asian pears are fragrant and juicy, with a fresh crunch that sets them apart from Western pears. They’re also a bit grainier, and the high water content usually makes them less attractive for baking from fresh. But the sweet f loral quality is a perfect complement to jasmine tea, and when the pears are softened in tea overnight, they will release less water during baking and cook beautifully into the crumble.
You can find Asian pears in almost all Asian supermarkets, especially Korean and Chinese ones, and you’ll even find a similar variety (sometimes called “apple pears”) in some mainstream grocery stores now and again. If you can’t track them down, though, Bosc or Bartlett pears will work just as well.