[nafex] Ripening pears

Richard J. Ossolinski osso at acadia.net
Fri Sep 29 07:19:49 EDT 2000


Hello, all,
I've never cared for Euro pears, despite their sometimes wonderful flavor. 
It's the texture (mouth feel) that doesn't agree with me.  Furthermore, they
have rarely done well for me, despite my giving them plenty of attention. In
this light I have been converting my Euro trees to Asians, which are much more
to my liking and which grow well here with very little pampering.  However,
this year two or three of my remaining Euro trees are laden with gorgeous
fruit, most of which is rapidly approaching harvest maturity and is just too
good to waste on a cider supplement.  Here's where I need some advice: what's
the most foolproof (notice the careful choice of words) way to assure timely
harvest and successful ripening off the tree?  I know this has been discussed
in the past, but my prejudice (against Euros) has always caused me to turn a
deaf ear (again I refer you to the 'fool' in 'foolproof'.) Perhaps  your
comments will lead to a reprieve for these last few trees.  Thanks in advance
for any guidance.
Richard

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