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Our bosic pear tree bears lots of sweet juicy fruit however they have an area around the core that seems to be gritty which makes canning difficult after cutting that part of the fruit out there isn't much left. How can we correct this problem with out fruit.

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It's possible that you harvested your pears too late and they had
ripened too much on the tree. Pears, as you probably already know, should be
harvested when they are still firm (mature but not ripe) and ripened off the
tree. Here's a website to look at; see if this looks like the problem you
are experiencing with your pears:
http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/Produce/Disorders/pear/pearcore1.shtml

Posted on 10 Oct 2007

Maggie Wolf
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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