There are over 5,000 varieties of pears! Mother Nature protected this easily bruised fruit by making it better when picked while still hard. Pears improve in both texture and flavor after being picked. Pears range in shape from spherical to bell-shaped; and in color from pale sea-green to golden yellow to brownish-red.
August - May
Choose pears that are fragrant and blemish-free. Pears are ready to eat when the base yields slightly to pressure from your thumb
Store at room temperature until ripe. Refrigerate ripe fruit.
bake, poach, raw. It is not necessary to peel pears before using, but if they are peeled, dip in acidulated water to prevent browning.
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