How to find a Perfectly Ripe Pear

 

Tips on Harvesting Pears

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How to Pick a Ripe Pear

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How to know when a pear is ripe with Amy Smart I USA Pears

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How to ripen the perfect pear

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When To Pick Pears The Foolproof Way

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How To Know When PEARS are Ripe

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The Secrets To Picking Perfect Pears!

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How to Pick a Ripe Pear

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How to Tell if a Pear Is Ripe

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How to ripen the perfect pear

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How To Know When PEARS are Ripe

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When To Pick Pears The Foolproof Way

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How to know when a pear is ripe with Amy Smart I USA Pears

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The Secrets To Picking Perfect Pears!

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All you need to do is Check the Neck™. To do this, hold the pear firmly in the palm of your hand and use your thumb to gently press the flesh just below where the stem joins the fruit. If it yields to pressure, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If the neck.

“The best way to tell if a pear is ripe is by feel,” says Davidson. Start by gently applying pressure to the neck (the area where the stem is). If it yields, that means its ripe. “Pears texture. If you are looking for a ripe pear to eat immediately, find a browner or more yellow-colored pear with no green undertones. There should be no soft spots on the pears, and it should be very firm.

If you want to eat the pears in a few days, green is fine. Choose firm, unblemished pears, and give them 3 to 6 days at room temperature to ripen. When checking for ripeness, remember that Bosc pears will give slightly less than other pear varieties, so they should be checked regularly. Find our Mulled Wine-Poached Pears in our newest issue!Look for these signs to help you decide when your pears are ready to harvest: Dark leaf-green skin color turns lighter green or yellowish-green; Small dots on the fruit change from white to brown Skin takes on a waxy feel and the pebbly surface becomes smooth; Fruit stem separates easily from spur or twig with an upward twist of the pear.

To determine if the pear is ripe, gently press the end of the stem to check if its flesh is softened. If it feels soft, then the pear is ripe. Described below are a few. Pears are a unique fruit—they ripen off of the tree!

To taste a pear’s delicious flavors, choose pears that are unbruised and firm, and let the pears ripen at home. Pears ripen when they’re left on the counter for several days, but you can speed up the ripening process by using a paper bag or placing the pears next to other fruits. If pears are left to ripen on the tree, their texture breaks down, and they get mealy.

For crisp pears, it’s best to pick them when they are still hard and to ripen the fruit off the tree. When. How to know when do you pick pears?

Danny shows you his homemade pear picking tool and tells when to know if your pears are getting ready to be picked. #ripe. When a pear is ready to come off the tree, it will do so when you slightly twist or tip the fruit’s stem. You simply hold the pear in your hand and rotate it slightly (1/4 turn) and if it comes right off it’s ready.

Or you hold the pear in your hand and tip it horizontally and it will snap off if it is ready.

List of related literature:

Pick when the skins are light green, when the seeds inside are brown (open one pear to check) and when the pears can be severed from the branch easily with an upward-twisting motion.

“The Garden Primer” by Barbara Damrosch
from The Garden Primer
by Barbara Damrosch
Rodale, 2003

With either variety, the pears should be ripe but firm; the flesh at the neck of the pear should give slightly when pressed gently with a finger.

“Cook's Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America?s Most Trusted Food Magazine” by Cook's Illustrated
from Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America?s Most Trusted Food Magazine
by Cook’s Illustrated
America’s Test Kitchen, 2011

» To test if a pear is ripe, press at the very top of the pear around the stem and if the spot gives with pressure it is ripe (the rest of the pear may feel firm).

“The Eczema Detox: The Low-Chemical Diet for Eliminating Skin Inflammation” by Karen Fischer
from The Eczema Detox: The Low-Chemical Diet for Eliminating Skin Inflammation
by Karen Fischer
Exisle Publishing PTY Limited, 2018

The pears should be ripe but firm; the flesh at the neck of the pear should give slightly when pressed gently with a finger.

“The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook: A Fresh Guide to Eating Well With 700 Foolproof Recipes” by America's Test Kitchen
from The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook: A Fresh Guide to Eating Well With 700 Foolproof Recipes
by America’s Test Kitchen
America’s Test Kitchen, 2015

Slice the very bottom and very top off of each pear and peel, making sure to keep the pear shape.

“The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy” by Paula Shoyer
from The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy
by Paula Shoyer
Brandeis University Press, 2010

With paring knife, make tiny slit in top of each pear; press stem into pear.

“The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes” by Betty Crocker
from The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes
by Betty Crocker
HMH Books, 2012

The Williams’ pear should be picked when firm but not quite ripe, then ripened in the house before drying.

“Jane Grigson's Fruit Book” by Jane Grigson, Yvonne Skargon, Judith Hill, Sara Dickerman
from Jane Grigson’s Fruit Book
by Jane Grigson, Yvonne Skargon, et. al.
UNP Bison Books, 2007

To Store Knowing when a particular pear is ripe depends on the variety.

“The Good Housekeeping Cookbook” by Susan Westmoreland
from The Good Housekeeping Cookbook
by Susan Westmoreland
Hearst Books, 2004

For this crisp, the pears should be ripe but firm, which means the flesh at the base of the stem should give slightly when gently pressed with a finger.

“The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 650 Recipes for Everything You'll Ever Want to Make” by America's Test Kitchen
from The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 650 Recipes for Everything You’ll Ever Want to Make
by America’s Test Kitchen
America’s Test Kitchen, 2014

The pears should be ripe but firm, which means the flesh at the base of the stem should give slightly when gently pressed with a finger.

“The New Family Cookbook: All-New Edition of the Best-Selling Classic with 1,100 New Recipes” by America's Test Kitchen
from The New Family Cookbook: All-New Edition of the Best-Selling Classic with 1,100 New Recipes
by America’s Test Kitchen
America’s Test Kitchen, 2014

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  • Watering Questions have apple & plum trees, temperatures in the 90’s to 100+. I water them daily in the morning, was told if I don’t water the apple trees their roots will grow straight down looking for the water is this true? How often should one be watering a vegetable garden in these high temperatures? I have not experienced these temperatures before & it’s my first garden.

  • It was fun seeing this process again this year. Your can picker was a great idea and came in handy last year. I will be using it again this year. The “wild” pear tree i found last year is absolutely loaded this year. I did a picking yesterday and will be going back with the can picker later this week. Thanks again for all the great info!

  • It looks like the pear tree may need some pruning. We did that to our cherry and apple trees and had a bumper crop the following year. We didn’t do it last year and this year the crop isn’t so good.:(

  • My dad planted a pear tree in our back yard when we first built our house. That was 45 years ago and I don’t think I’ve ever known what kind of pear tree it is. My pears look like yours. What type of pears are they and do you have to do anything specially to them? Mine are hard. Are they just not ripe yet or are they just very firm? Thanks and I look forward to how you put them up. Take care. Bunny in NWFL

  • At 0:26, when she said, “It’s good to be a little patient with your pears!”, you can tell that she was suppressing laughter, possibly from some double entendre that she had in her mind. ��

  • Yes, Sir. Pull it side way and little tug, if its ripen, it will come off easily. Great info and cute kid. I just picked a few of my Asian pears that way, works great. Thank you.

  • Cute kid, and useful info. Thank you for posting! I’ve read a recommendation to freeze pears for a day or two before ripening on the counter. Have you tried that?

  • I love the simple life!! My family were homesteaders…my dad had a huge garden in our backyard in the middle of the city but we would often visit his family in the country… Best quiet time of my life

  • Thank you for the information cards linking to other videos that are related that is such a helpful tip!:) I see your Curing Room is getting very full harvest is great. <3

  • I enjoyed your video great idea for a fruit picker.
    If I click on the information button though it tells me about making ketchup or canning sweet potatoes no mention of pears.

  • At 0:26, when she said, “It’s good to be a little patient with your pears!”, you can tell that she was suppressing laughter, possibly from some double entendre that she had in her mind. ��

  • It looks like the pear tree may need some pruning. We did that to our cherry and apple trees and had a bumper crop the following year. We didn’t do it last year and this year the crop isn’t so good.:(

  • for someone just starting out, would you recommend getting a standard, semi dwarf, or dwarf trees? I realize that it depends on the room you have to grow them.

  • I enjoyed your video great idea for a fruit picker.
    If I click on the information button though it tells me about making ketchup or canning sweet potatoes no mention of pears.

  • My dad planted a pear tree in our back yard when we first built our house. That was 45 years ago and I don’t think I’ve ever known what kind of pear tree it is. My pears look like yours. What type of pears are they and do you have to do anything specially to them? Mine are hard. Are they just not ripe yet or are they just very firm? Thanks and I look forward to how you put them up. Take care. Bunny in NWFL

  • Watering Questions have apple & plum trees, temperatures in the 90’s to 100+. I water them daily in the morning, was told if I don’t water the apple trees their roots will grow straight down looking for the water is this true? How often should one be watering a vegetable garden in these high temperatures? I have not experienced these temperatures before & it’s my first garden.

  • What kind of pair tree is it. They look like they have spots is this normal? I grew up with 2 pair trees but they were skinny and very tall. They were delicious. Also when can I plant berries? Is it too late? I live in southern middle Tennessee. Thank you.

  • I love your pear picker! Getting the fruit trees on our homestead this fall is one of our highest priorities. Thanks for these videos.

  • Thank you for the information cards linking to other videos that are related that is such a helpful tip!:) I see your Curing Room is getting very full harvest is great. <3

  • Hi Danny, thank you for making this video.. I have a HUGE pear tree in my yard but every single year the birds get them all.. Do you know of any way to stop this? also, thank you for showing us how to know when its time to pick them because I never knew before. Going to check out the other pear videos.. Thank you again!

  • I moved into a house with a pear tree. The pears are in clusters of 5-6 pears. Last year they were all small pears. Am I supposed to clip the groups down to 1-2 pears?

  • Awesome video. I’ve bought a house with a pear tree and I have no clue when to pick them. They’re very hard and very dark green. I’ll bring a few in and see how they ripen.

  • What kind of pair tree is it. They look like they have spots is this normal? I grew up with 2 pair trees but they were skinny and very tall. They were delicious. Also when can I plant berries? Is it too late? I live in southern middle Tennessee. Thank you.

  • One time i had some “fake”pears for decoration in my kitchen.My Mom put one by her bedside to”finish ripening.When i td her it was fake she said”I was wonderi g why that thing wouldn’t get ripe!” I laughed so hard! After that i just kept real o es.

  • I love the simple life!! My family were homesteaders…my dad had a huge garden in our backyard in the middle of the city but we would often visit his family in the country… Best quiet time of my life

  • Cute kid, and useful info. Thank you for posting! I’ve read a recommendation to freeze pears for a day or two before ripening on the counter. Have you tried that?

  • Thanks for this video! We’ve had a pear tree in our garden for about 12 years, and never liked the pears. It seems we’ve been harvesting them incorrectly, I can’t wait to try them in about a month from now:)

  • Thanks for the video. I live an hour outside of New Orleans Louisiana. There is a very old very tall pear tree on our property I would say safely it’s well over the height of a two-story house. I moved here three years ago. The first year the tree produced mega mega pairs but in mid July the tree literally dropped all the fruit in a 24-48 hour. Last year, there was no fruit. This year there seems to be plenty fruit and it is still on the tree, but it did drop about 25% of it in the last two weeks. Do you have any idea why it drops the fruit? The tree is so tall I’m hoping my husband can get on an extended ladder and pick some. I welcome your thoughts.
    .

  • One time i had some “fake”pears for decoration in my kitchen.My Mom put one by her bedside to”finish ripening.When i td her it was fake she said”I was wonderi g why that thing wouldn’t get ripe!” I laughed so hard! After that i just kept real o es.

  • for someone just starting out, would you recommend getting a standard, semi dwarf, or dwarf trees? I realize that it depends on the room you have to grow them.

  • It was fun seeing this process again this year. Your can picker was a great idea and came in handy last year. I will be using it again this year. The “wild” pear tree i found last year is absolutely loaded this year. I did a picking yesterday and will be going back with the can picker later this week. Thanks again for all the great info!

  • Thank you for your excellent tutorial on pear picking. Your daughter is just precious, and her gorgeous smile could persuade anyone to do anything!!
    Bruce the swimmer New Rochelle N.Y.

  • Awesome video. I’ve bought a house with a pear tree and I have no clue when to pick them. They’re very hard and very dark green. I’ll bring a few in and see how they ripen.

  • Thanks for this video! We’ve had a pear tree in our garden for about 12 years, and never liked the pears. It seems we’ve been harvesting them incorrectly, I can’t wait to try them in about a month from now:)

  • Hi Danny, thank you for making this video.. I have a HUGE pear tree in my yard but every single year the birds get them all.. Do you know of any way to stop this? also, thank you for showing us how to know when its time to pick them because I never knew before. Going to check out the other pear videos.. Thank you again!

  • I moved into a house with a pear tree. The pears are in clusters of 5-6 pears. Last year they were all small pears. Am I supposed to clip the groups down to 1-2 pears?

  • Yes, Sir. Pull it side way and little tug, if its ripen, it will come off easily. Great info and cute kid. I just picked a few of my Asian pears that way, works great. Thank you.

  • Thanks for the video. I live an hour outside of New Orleans Louisiana. There is a very old very tall pear tree on our property I would say safely it’s well over the height of a two-story house. I moved here three years ago. The first year the tree produced mega mega pairs but in mid July the tree literally dropped all the fruit in a 24-48 hour. Last year, there was no fruit. This year there seems to be plenty fruit and it is still on the tree, but it did drop about 25% of it in the last two weeks. Do you have any idea why it drops the fruit? The tree is so tall I’m hoping my husband can get on an extended ladder and pick some. I welcome your thoughts.
    .

  • Thank you for your excellent tutorial on pear picking. Your daughter is just precious, and her gorgeous smile could persuade anyone to do anything!!
    Bruce the swimmer New Rochelle N.Y.

  • We just bought our house and I have no idea what variety pear we have. It’s mid August and we tried the lift and twist and several dozen popped right off. We’re in Utah, is that too soon??

  • I love your pear picker! Getting the fruit trees on our homestead this fall is one of our highest priorities. Thanks for these videos.

  • good vid, I’ was told a good trick is to place the ‘mature’ pears (the ones that easily come off on a horizontal life) in the refrigerator (not freezer) for a week then on the counter for a few days to ripen them.  Or to place in brown bag with a banana until ripe.