[nafex] Winter Pear Ripening

Bob Hartman hartmansfruittrees at wport.com
Mon Nov 19 22:06:12 EST 2001


Hi,

    Where can I find a resource regarding the ripening of Winter pears?
Some require cold storage for a certain length of time, others do not.
How do you know which is which?  I haven't been able to find any
information on the ripening of Winter pears, except I have seen an
article once about ripening D'Anjou pears by putting them in cold
storage like 35 to 38 degrees for a certain length of time and then
bringing them into the warm house to ripen them.  What is the prime time
to pick Winter pears?  You certainly can't pick them the same as you
would pick the earlier ripening pears.  I have picked the El Dorado and
put them in cold storage (refrigerator) for a period of time and some
years they turn out all right and other years they never ripen up when
brought into the warm house.  I only use the El Dorado as an example.
My question is a general one regarding Winter pears.  It is a bummer to
have to put them in a refrigerator for cold storage.  On the other hand
I understand that Conference is not as particular about the cold
storage.

    I just picked some beautiful pears off of a tree that was evidently
mislabelled.  They are beautiful green pears about twice the size of a
Bartlett.  How do I handle them?

Thanks,
Bob Hartman
Puget Sound area of Western Washington


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