Pears are special berries that ripen outside the stem. To properly taste a pear, choose a firm, bruise-free fruit and let it ripen at home. Pears usually take days to ripen on the kitchen table, but you can speed up the process with a paper bag or by placing the pears next to other fruits. Take a look at them daily and see if they are still firm. When the pears are tender, they are ready to be devoured!
Part 1 of 3: Choosing a Pear
Step 1. Choose fruits with whole peels and no bruises
There's nothing wrong with a pear of a different color or with natural blemishes. However, avoid very bruised fruit or with exposed parts of the meat. Damaged pears are much less tasty than those in good condition.
Step 2. Look for firm pears if you are buying them at the market
Pears ripen after they're picked, so don't worry if the berries in your market basket or grocery store aren't soft. The ideal is to bet on firm pears and take them to ripen at home.
- Most pears are light green. Some types, such as Asian pears, however, are yellow or brownish.
- Don't worry if your pears are hard on the outside. In just a few days, they will be soft.
Step 3. Twist the cabbage of the ripe pears if you are picking the pods
If you have a pear tree at home, hold a fruit and twist it horizontally. It will be ripe and ready for harvesting if the cord breaks easily. If he resists, give the pear a little more time.
- Pears ripen after they're picked, so you don't have to wait until the fruit is soft to pluck them off the tree.
- After harvesting the pears, place them in a cool place, such as inside the refrigerator, for a few days so they continue to ripen. However, this should only be done with the pears you picked.
Part 2 of 3: Ripening the Pears
Step 1. Store pears at room temperature to ripen in four to seven days
Whether you've picked the pears yourself or bought them at the market, put them on the counter or kitchen table so they'll ripen. Check them out daily to see where they are.
Don't leave the pears piled up so they don't get bruised, especially if they're Asian pears
Step 2. Put the pears in a paper bag to ripen them in two to four days
The gases produced by the fruit inside the bag will accelerate the ripening process. Carefully place a pear into a paper bag. Gently fold the top of the bag to close it.
- Check the pears daily so they don't go bad.
- Avoid using plastic bags. The plastic will trap the fruit's gases, leaving no room for the bag to breathe.
Step 3. Put ripe bananas or apples in the bag to ripen the pears in one to three days
For the pears to ripen in just one to three days, place a banana or apple in the bag. Ripe fruit will emit ethylene, causing the pears to ripen faster.
- Check the fruits regularly so they don't spoil inside the bag. One rotten fruit is enough to spoil all the others.
- If you don't have a paper bag, just place the pears near the ripe apples or bananas so that they absorb the ethylene.
Step 4. Avoid putting green pears in the fridge
Putting the pears in the fridge before they finish ripening can completely stop the process. Wait until they are soft to cool them if you want to eat them cold or keep them for a few more days.
Only freshly picked pears should be kept in the refrigerator. Those purchased at the supermarket have already gone through this process and should only be refrigerated again after they are ripe
Part 3 of 3: Identifying a Ripe Pear
Step 1. See if the shell is soft
With one finger, gently press the pear's neck. If the skin is soft rather than hard, it means the pear is ready to be eaten. Don't worry if the fruit doesn't change color. Most pears remain the same color even after ripening.
The pear doesn't need to be super-soft to be savored. The shell just gives a little when you press it
Step 2. Take a look at the pears daily so they don't spoil
A ripe pear can rot very quickly. Squeeze the pears every day so you don't miss the right spot, especially if you've kept them with other fruits or in a plastic bag to speed up the ripening process.
Write the date you put the pears in the bag, if necessary, so you don't forget how long they've been in storage
Step 3. Eat the pears ripe in two days
To enjoy the full flavor of the fruits, eat them as soon as they are ripe. Don't wait too long after the husks are soft. If you can't eat them right away, put them in a container with a lid and refrigerate them for a few more days.