How to Know When a Pear is Ripe

(Last Updated On: August 31, 2011)

Pears are an interesting fruit to judge for ripeness. Pears need to be picked before they are perfectly ripe or they won’t last long. So most of the time when you buy pears they won’t be ready yet. The best way to tell if a pear is at it’s peak, is if you apply gentle pressure to the neck of the pear and it gives a little. Some people go by color and that works with some pears. The common Bartlett pear turns from green to yellow. But alot of varieties don’t change colors at all, so you are best off checking the neck.

Something else to know about pears is that they rot from the inside out. So if your pear yields to pressure in the center there is a good chance when you cut it up you are not going to like what you see.


When To Put Pears in the Refrigerator
When your pears pass the neck check, either use them all up that day, or place them in the fridge. Don’t refrigerate them until they pass the check. If you are looking to speed up the process, place your pears in a brown paper bag and seal it up good. Then check daily until ready.

Want to learn more about pears? Check out these varieties that I have reviewed.
Moonglow Pears
Clapp’s Favorite Pears
Harrow Sweet Pears
Spartlett Pears
Concorde Pears
Red d’Anjou Pears

2 Replies to “How to Know When a Pear is Ripe”

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  2. […] Bartlett pears are in season and for $1.33 per pound you definitely could do worse. I would suggest refrigerating some of the pears to keep them from ripening if you are concerned about eating them all before they go bad. Bartletts are ripe when they turn yellow and they give to gentle pressure around the top, but the middle of the pear is still firm. Learn more about how to tell if a pear is ripe. […]

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