Still life with fruit

This summer has presented me with the very unusual and unexpected question…

…at what point do you harvest a pear tree? I brought this one inside to leave in a bowl for a week and see if it softens up at all, just to get some idea of how ripe/unripe they currently are.

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4 Responses to Still life with fruit

  1. Steve Walton says:

    I have the same problem. Last year, I waited until the leaves started turning in the fall, but I’m not sure your transition to autumn will look the same. I’m high altitude, but not desert. It seemed to work out ok.

  2. Judy says:

    Most pears need to be picked before they are dead ripe. If you wait too long, the wasps will eating them and they have a gritty texture. Some of the dessert pears do not get all that soft. Here’s a link to a SpruceEats article about different types:

  3. winston smith says:

    rem that pears ripen from the inside out.

  4. anonymous says:

    If it is a winter pear it can take several months to ripen in a cool spot in your cabin but it will be sweet and juicy and not gritty. Winter pears are picked not later than early October. They are hard until they ripen indoors.

To the stake with the heretic!