There’s more to do with pears than eating ’em raw
Posted: September 26, 2012 at 3:18 a.m.
Pears are one of the signature fruits of autumn, and a nice change of pace from summer’s delicate fruits and berries. Though there are thousands of varieties, Bartletts are the best known. They’re recognized by their shapely bottoms and long necks. They arrive rock-hard at the grocery store. Most pears ripen off the tree, and Bartletts are no exception. They’re picked in August and September when mature but still firm and available through December or January, according to the USA Pears website, usapears.com. Given time, Bartletts turn from green to yellow and their flesh from crunchy and tart to creamy and super sweet and juicy — perfect for eating out of hand. If the neck near the stem yields when pressed, it means the pear is on its way to ripening.
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Food, Pages 31 on 09/26/2012