Pear facts

July 14, 2009 RENU

  1. They r popular fall & winter fruits.
  2. Pears are one of the few fruits that don’t ripen successfully on the tree. They’re picked when reached full size, but before the onset of ripening. If left on the tree to ripen, they become mealy & unpleasant in texture.
  3. Pears ripen from the inside out, so you can’t judge their ripeness by looking at the skin. To test if a pear is ripe, apply gentle pressure near the stem end. If it gives slightly, it’s most likely ready to be eaten.
  4. Their unusual ripening process has its advg’s as can be ripened as needed. Couple of days before you plan to eat, put in brown paper bag to capture ethylene gas, that most ripening fruits give off. Ethylene also affects changes in color & flavor, converts starch to sugar, causes fruit to soften.
  5. If don’t want to wait for them to ripen completely, bake in desserts.
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