Pears are a tricky fruit.
A delicious fruit, yet tricky.
What do I mean? Well sometimes they are obvious when they are ripe and ready. And sometimes not so obvious.
Pears need to be picked before they are perfectly ripe or they won't last long. I mean there is no way to get them to the store or even to a farmer's market before they would be rotten to the core. Most of the time when you buy pears they won't be ready yet.
So you need to know the secret to when a pear is ripe, so that either you don't bite into a crunchy, unripe fruit or one that is rotten on the inside already.
How to Tell When a Pear is Ripe
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. There should be no give around the thicket part of the middle of the pear or the pear has already soft inside. Because you see pears rot from the inside out! That is what makes them little tricksters.
Some people go by color and that works with some pears. The common Bartlett pear turns from green to yellow. But a lot of varieties don't change colors at all, so you are best doing the neck check.
When you are able to get a pear that is at that perfect ripeness zone, oh my goodness. It's heaven. So good. Juicy and sweet. Just perfect. However that perfect moment is very fleeting. But there is a way to buy some time.
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 or you will delay the ripening process. Maybe if you have a long of pears this is something you'll want to do.
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.