WHEN DO I PICK MY PEARS FROM MY PEAR TREE.
EVERY YEAR WE GET MORE FRUIT FROM OUR PEAR TREE. WE SEEM TO NEVER KNOW WHEN IT IS READY TO PICK AND EVENTUALLY JUST PICK IT AS IT SEEMS TO BE FALLING OR TURNING ON THE TREE. THEY ARE ALWAYS TOO HARD AND DRY TO EAT AND DON'T RIPEN .HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN THEY ARE READY TO PICK AND HOW LONG TO RIPEN?
I have Asian pears (the round kind) so this may not apply to yours, but I find that if I lift a pear on the palm of my hand and the stem breaks on its own, then the pear is ripe. If the stem doesn't break, I leave it on the tree a bit longer.
There is a type of pear that you pick while still hard and only soften after they have been stored a bit. I'm sorry I don't know more--but I remember one like that when I was a kid--it was fairly common in Midwest farm country. As I recall, you picked them and wrapped them in paper and put them in the basement or root cellar for a couple of months--they'd be ready to eat by Thanksgiving/Xmas. Maybe this willjog someone with a better memory?