The first pear of the season is the Bartlett. Bartletts start out green and hard (like ALL pears), and turn yellow as they ripen. They are great for eating, canning and drying.
Get 20 pounds of Bartletts from Brosi Sugartree Farms in Winston, OR (the Umpqua Valley) and save 25% off the per-pound price! If you’re looking to can pears, none can beat the Bartlett Pear as a fantastic fruit to can! Brosi’s grows all their fruit using IPM practices.
Did you know, you can tell when ANY pear is ripe – whether it changes color like a Bartlett or not – by how much “give” there is around the stem of the pear. The more give around the stem (at the “neck” so to speak), the riper it is. Pears ripen from the inside-out, so by the time a pear is soft around the middle, it’s likely rotten on the inside. Since the neck of a pear is the first place to get soft, checking for ripeness here guarantees that you won’t bite into a rotten pear! Remember this catchy saying, “Check the Neck”, and you’ll always know when your pears are ready to eat!