This is the RED version of everyone’s favorite pear! These guys are harvested a little later than the standard Bartlett, and thus are available a little bit later in the Fall. And just like the standard green/yellow ones, Red Bartletts are great for eating, canning and drying. Grown by Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards (Roseburg), 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!