How timing is the trick to perfect pears
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.