I have a pear tree that I planted in 2008 and this year we have our first bumper crop. The tree is LOADED with pears… where is the picture??!! I have no idea why I didn’t take a picture..
Anyway, the pears (Bartlett variety, I think) have started falling from the tree and, although they are still hard, I knew it was time to start thinking about harvesting.
Not wanting to pick them too early or too late I went online to see what I could find out. I’m so glad I did.TIPS
- 1. when you tilt the pear (which is hanging vertically) into a horizontal position, if the stem snaps off then they are ready to pick. If you have to twist or pull to get them off the tree then they are still too green.
- 2. you don’t want to wait until they are ripe as they do some chemical-changing-thingy and you get a grainy fruit.
- 3. after picking you leave the pears in a cool location for .. from 2 days for some to 6 weeks for others and then you can preserve them
- 5. Asian pears don’t follow the same rules—wait until they are ripe on the tree and then pick.
And so I did the tilt test and, sure enough, they were ready for picking. I got my big canning kettle and started filling it up. And then I got another … and another. And then I used the bag that the sweet corn had come in and I filled that up (well I should say “we” filled it up, as Rick came home from golfing just in time to climb the ladder).
One big branch, sadly, was weak apparently and it snapped off as I moved it out of the way to access the pears closer to the tree. I hope it doesn’t injure the tree too much. And that was the only mishap, thank goodness.
In the end I got around 90 pounds of fruit (or that’s what the old “un-used” bathroom scale says. I don’t know how accurate it is).
Now I have to wait a couple days (??? ) and start the canning process. Oh my, the thought of peeling all of those pears… argh!!!!!
And when ARE the pears ripe for canning? Check out this site >>> LINK
Basically: when you push gently on the neck of the pear, if it indents, then it is ripe.
When we sat on the deck after, Rick asked “and how many pear trees did you plant?”
umm … 4 but three of them are espalier-ed.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)