Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Plethora of Pears

A bumper crop of pears this year. An Eat Boise reader tells me they are Bartlett pears. They do not ripen on the tree, they ripen weeks after harvest.


ericn1300 said...

Those are indeed Bartlett pears but don't be in a hurry to harvest them since, like all fruit they will ripen on the stem and taste better for it. Pears, like apples, need cold nights or a frost to trigger ripening and can survive a hard frost or two. Wait for them to turn a yellowish color as they ripen and keep an eye on the ones that go yellow first. When they start to feel a little soft or mushy, it's time to harvest the rest. You're looking at another 30 days with the Indian summers we get after the first freeze.

And if you happen to have a few leftover it's been a few years since we've canned pears.

Boise Diva said...

Thanks for the advice, I'll keep an eye on them. I can't imagine how I wouldn't have any leftover. I'm in the Centennial H.S. area if you're in my area of town and want to plan to take a few boxes.

ericn1300 said...

Hi B.D. just noticed your reply. If you have any left at this late date we'd love to get some. Not to far from you, in the Meridian High School area.

I also followed up on my answer by asking my mother, a fountain of wealth on fruit trees, and have some more info on timing of the harvesting of them. If you see this email me at ericn1300@aol.com