Jane’s tips for per­fect pears

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Self- Sufficiency -

• If you pick your pears at the right time (pears are one of the few fruits that ripen off the tree), you can eat them at their per­fect best. That’s also the time to pre­serve them.

• Euro­pean and hy­brid pears are best picked when still firm. If left to ripen on the tree, stone cells de­velop, which give the fruit a gritty tex­ture and poor flavour.

• Pick your pears when the fruit are full-sized and have be­gun to change colour. They should still be firm, not hard nor soft.

• Lift each pear and twist slightly – it should come away eas­ily from the branch – then leave to ripen in­doors, which should take one to two weeks.

• If you want to store them for an ex­tended pe­riod of time, place the un­ripe fruit in the fridge for between one and three months, and take them out a week be­fore you want to eat them.

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