The first pear of the season – and often the most popular one – is the Bartlett Pear from Lehne Farms LLC in Roseburg. They’re available in our region starting in early September, and are great for eating, canning and drying. Lehne’s grows all their fruit using IPM practices.
Bartletts start out green and hard (like ALL pears), and turn yellow as they ripen. We sell these green so you can ripen them at your own pace: just keep them in your fridge until you’re ready to ripen one or more, giving them at least a few days out of the fridge to turn yellow, ready to eat!
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!