How to Ripen Fresh Pears

When ripened properly, fresh pears are one of the tastiest of fall’s fruit in season. They are sweet, juicy and versatile. To ripen fresh pears, there are two options:

1. Leave pears out at room temperature. This will allow them to soften slowly, over the course of a few days.

2. Put pears in a brown paper bag. Fresh pears produce ethylene while they ripen, which makes them soften much more quickly. Keep pears in the paper bag for a day or two to make them ripen quickly.

However you ripen your fresh pears, you can gauge ripeness by “checking the neck” – or, applying gently thumb pressure to the area near the stem. Pear ripen from the inside out, so although the outermost flesh may seem firm, when the area closest to the center stem is soft, your pear will be perfectly juicy.

To keep pears from getting overripe, you can store them in the refrigerator for a few days once they have softened and become ripe. For more information about organic fresh pears, visit

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