When is a Pear Ready to Pick?
My Pear’s are nearly ready to be picked. They should be ready in late August or early September and I know that I should really pick them when they are unripe and ripen them indoors for the best results. The trick is knowing when to harvest them, even though they are still unripe.
Here are a few tips that I’ve found useful:
- If the Pear is difficult to pull of the tree, it isn’t ready.
- Cup the Pear in your hand and give it a light squeeze, if the flesh is slightly springy then it’s ready. If it’s rock-hard then it’s not ready.
- If you see other fruits dropping from the tree it’s likely that the fruits still on the tree are ready.
- If your Pears have changed colour from green to lighter green or even yellow (depending on variety) this is another sign that they may be ready to pick.
Pick a Pear by grasping the fruit and twisting or rolling it to make the stem pull away from the branch. You want the stem still intact.