How tim­ing is the trick to per­fect pears

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Growing -

The big­gest les­son we have learned is it’s all about tim­ing when it comes to har­vest­ing. For the first two years we nearly gave up on our pears be­cause of mushy, mealy fruit. We didn’t re­alise pears had spe­cial pick­ing re­quire­ments.

Pears need to be picked while still hard, chilled, and then ripened at room tem­per­a­ture.

They ripen from the core out­wards. If left on the tree to ripen, by the time the out­side flesh is ready, the cen­tres will have gone ‘sleepy’, un­pleas­antly soft and grainy, and per­haps even brown in the mid­dle. Not nice.

The soft, grainy in­side of a ‘sleepy’ pear.

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