Find a Perfectly Ripe Pear by Pressing on the End of the Stem

Pears, like many other fruits, continue to ripen after they have been harvested. Here’s an easy way to test your pear and make sure it doesn’t go too far.

Whether you check pears in a store or market, Christine Gallari of The Kitchn offers a quick touch – that’s all you need to check the ripeness of a pear. Press on the fruit at the end of the stalk, and if it gives in under slight pressure, then it is ripe and ready to eat. If it is soft somewhere else on the fruit, it means that the pear is too ripe and not suitable for eating or baking. Pear season usually runs from August to May, so keep that in mind.

The best way to pick, store and ripen pears | The Kitchn via Mental Floss


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