[NAFEX] Pears are Early

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sun Aug 14 12:01:26 EDT 2011

Similarly, the squirrels have discovered my cornus mas this year. The first time it fruited, the critters left it alone. But I see a partially-chewed red-but-not-ripe fruit below the tree. So I guess this is another crop I will never harvest. 


Eastern MA, zone 6

On Aug 14, 2011, at 11:53 AM, nottke1 wrote:

> Bird pecks appeared on the pears about two weeks early this year, Aug 11 vs a "normal" Sept 1.
> So yesterday I harvested all my pears.  Ayers, Asian pears (all varieties), "apple pears", and Bartlett types all had dark brown to black seeds.  Only Kieffer still had pale colored seeds and were still very hard.
> The damaged pears were pared and sauteed - only took about 15 minutes for all to get soft, so they were ready to be harvested.
> Jim Nottke
> Zone 7
> Pfafftown, North Carolina

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