The plant has few branches, with small thorns. The oval lanceolate leaves are dark green and mainly pointed. The small, sparse flowers are purplish, with a faint fragrance, while the smooth, pear-shaped fruit are fairly large and pale yellow when ripe. The pleasantly acidic flesh is greyish yellow and very juicy. The plant is sensitive to cold and loses most of its leaves in winter. The fruits normally grow in clusters.