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How to harvest unripe pears peaches before fro
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Sandy    Posted 09-14-2004 at 12:09:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our pears & peaches are still green & on the trees.
Frost is forecast this week. Does anyone have ideas to share about harvesting the fruit and keeping until it ripens?
We pick green tomatoes & wrap in newspaper & use as they ripen. Has anyone tried this with pears & peaches?

tim in pa    Posted 09-15-2004 at 06:02:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we seldom got ripe pears from the tree. seems soon after ripening they like to fall - causing bruises. so we pick them just before ripening and spread them out on newspaper on basement floor, not touching, and they ripen fine by a few weeks. lol

hay    Posted 09-14-2004 at 12:43:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have to pick unripe pears every year because of squirrels and crows, however i make canned pears from them just like ripe pears. just cook the fruit until moderatly soft and pack into jars and process like normal. makes great canned pears. also can be used to make pear jam.

tacon1    Posted 09-14-2004 at 12:26:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Oriental hybrid and European pears grown in Texas do not ripen well on the tree. They are ready to harvest when they change from hard to firm (firmness similar to a softball). Harvest maturity is usually indicated by a slight change from green to yellow.

Mature fruit will begin to drop even though still hard, if harvest is delayed. Most pear varieties in Texas reach harvest maturity in August and September. They should be picked and ripened off the tree. Pears remaining on the tree too long ripen poorly and have poorer texture and flavor.

Ripen pears at room temperature in a well ventilated area. They will ripen in 1 to 2 weeks. Refrigerate the fruit after ripening until consumed or processed. For longer storage life, refrigerate unripe pears as near 32 degrees F as possible and then ripen as desired.

tacon1    Posted 09-14-2004 at 12:23:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ripening is the key. Knowing how to ripen stonefruit is just as important as knowing how to use stonefruit in recipes. Just like with bananas, cold temperatures will stop the ripening process of unripe fruit. In simpler words: Cold kills flavor! The cold temperatures will also cause the cell structure of the unripe peach or nectarine to break down, causing the fruit to become mealy. Unripe peaches and nectarines should be left out at room temperature. Keep them enclosed in the carton or a paper bag. The magic of the brown paper bag is amazing. In just a few days, you'll enjoy perfectly ripened fruit. If you leave the fruit exposed to open air, because there are no natural oils on the them, the fruit will dehydrate and shrivel before they ever ripen. White-flesh fruit will ripen almost twice as fast as yellow-flesh fruit. Once the fruit is fully ripe, it would be ideal to use it quickly. If you can't, ripe stonefruit can be refrigerated for up to several days. Beyond that, the fruit will loose a lot of its flavor and texture.

Peanut    Posted 09-14-2004 at 12:14:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
My neighbor has a huge pear tree (that I am able to get some bounty from) and when it is supposed to frost before they are ripe, he turns on the sprinkler to keep water on them all night long. The constant "rain" keeps them from freezing. Just a thought.

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