How to harvest and enjoy perfect pears?

06-10-2017
How to harvest and enjoy perfect pears?

Why are perfect pears usually so difficult to find?

Most people have never really eaten a juicy, aromatic, perfect pear. Ripe pears are easy to digest and for this reason, are often fed to babies as a first food. Most people's experience of eating a pear is a hard gritty, mushy, nasty, tasteless let down. Pears ripen from the inside out, so eat it too soon and it will be hard and leave it too long and it will be brown mush inside. Supermarkets have trouble storing and supplying pears, over 80% of which are now imported.

 

When is the harvest time of a perfect pair?

Many people who have pear trees in their garden struggle to know when they are ready to harvest in order get those perfect pears. In the UK, pears are ready to harvest from September through October, depending on the variety. Pears do not ripen on the tree so they will always be hard. Pears that are  left too long on the tree will turn woody and grainy. When you can cup a pair and lift it up horizontally, if it comes away from the tree then it is ready to be picked.

 

Ripening perfect pears must be done indoors

Once the fruit has been picked, they can be placed in a fruit bowl and will be ready to eat in about a week. By placing the pears in a brown paper bag the ripening process can be speeded up. Bananas may be placed in the bowl as they give off a lot of ethylene gas which will speed up the ripening process of perfect pears. This can sometimes happen very quickly, so beware! When pears are ready to eat they should give slightly around the stem.

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