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How can I tell when my pears are ripe?

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Pears are best when they are ripened off the tree (except Asian varieties).  Fruit left on the tree will not have a good flavor or texture.  Pick fruit when it is mature, hard and green, or cut it open and see if the seeds are turning from white to brown/black, if they are it is time to harvest them and allow them to finish ripening off the tree.  To harvest pears lift up the fruit gently (do not twist or pull), if the stem does not separate easily from the branch, allow the fruit to remain on the tree a few more days.  Winter varieties usually need about six weeks of cold storage before they are ripe.

Posted on 13 Jun 2006

Karl Hauptfleisch
Salt Lake Master Gardener

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