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Growing => Fruit => Topic started by: OhLaLa on September 06, 2011, 01:36:24 pm

Title: How to ripen pears?
Post by: OhLaLa on September 06, 2011, 01:36:24 pm
Our pears are always hard. They fall off hard, they never soften on the tree. I was told this is normal and that pears never ripen on a tree. In an attempt to get pears to ripen I've tried the following, none of the below have ever worked:

1) Leave pears on tree to ripen

2) Pick pears and put in fruit bowl with other fruit inc bananas

3) Pick pears and don't put with any other fruit

The usual results are usually a withered pear or a rotten black centered pear, and I've tried the above with both fallen and picked pears.

Does anyone pick their own pears and know how we can get ours to go soft?

 :pear: :pear: :pear:
Title: Re: How to ripen pears?
Post by: pgkevet on September 06, 2011, 03:53:12 pm
Do you know what type of pear it is?
Williams and Comice will go nice and juicy but conference don't.
My Comice this year went very juicy sat on the worktop for 4 days
Title: Re: How to ripen pears?
Post by: OhLaLa on September 07, 2011, 12:17:51 pm
Thanks for the reply. We have a few pear trees in the orchard so have several varieties of pear, inc the three you list.

So you picked yours hard and left to ripen?

Ah well. I'll keep trying but it looks like more pear chutney on it's way.........    :-\

 :pear: :pear: :pear:
Title: Re: How to ripen pears?
Post by: pgkevet on September 14, 2011, 07:29:51 am
Thanks for the reply. We have a few pear trees in the orchard so have several varieties of pear, inc the three you list.

So you picked yours hard and left to ripen?

Ah well. I'll keep trying but it looks like more pear chutney on it's way.........    :-\

 :pear: :pear: :pear:

I didn't have many pears..small tree... and 2 years ago some oik stole all my apples and lemons when tey were ripened to perfection..so now I pick the slightly under ripe and let them finish indoors.

It's academic now...just bought a new place:whole new challenges
Title: Re: How to ripen pears?
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on October 05, 2011, 11:36:37 pm
Aha I've been waiting for my cinference pears to ripen on the tree.  I'll pick them tomorrow. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How to ripen pears?
Post by: tizaala on October 08, 2011, 06:58:08 am
Put them in a brown paper bag in a drawer but check  on them daily, this works on most fruit.