- For best flavor and texture, place your pears on the counter at room temperature until desired softness is achieved, which takes anywhere from 1 day to a week.
- Test ripeness by trying to slightly indent the fruit near the stem end with gentle pressure from your thumb. Feel for a bit of 'give'. Have patience!
- To stagger ripening, so you don't have a bunch of pears ripening all at once, keep some firm pears refrigerated while others are on the counter softening up.
- When properly softened, use the fruit promptly or refrigerate for a day or two. Refrigerating for longer periods of time tends to turn a fully ripen and softened pear 'grainy'.
Learn about the pear varieties we grow here.