When you cross one variety of pear with another, the last thing you'd expect to see is something that looks like an apple.
But the so-called New Zealand-grown "papple" is about to go on sale at Marks and Spencer stores in the United Kingdom.
Though it is round and has a red skin, much like an apple, the as yet unnamed fruit is in fact a cross between Chinese and Japanese pear varieties.
Known officially as PremP109, the pear is one of a number of varieties to come out of Plant and Food Research's apple and pear breeding programme.
Brett Ennis, chief executive of Prevar, which commercialises the fruit that comes out of the breeding programme, says about 4500 commercial PremP109 trees are grown at the top of the South Island in the Motueka and Riwaka area.
This is the second year the fruit has been exported from New Zealand to the UK and into Asia, he told NZ Newswire.
But there's a lengthy process involved before the it even hits the supermarket shelves.
"It takes a long time to breed a new apple and pear variety," Mr Ennis said.
"From the time you cross to the time you have a variety doing well commercially, you could be talking 25 years."
Though there are similarities, the PremP109 pear is different to a nashi, not just in appearance, but in flavour as well.
"It has a sweeter flavour and a little bit more complexity to its flavour than you might find in traditional nashi," Mr Ennis said.
"But its texture and its juiciness is more akin to a nashi."
The fruit will go on sale at Marks and Spencer stores next week.
They'll be priced at STG1 ($NZ2) each.