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How do you judge Bosc pears?

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They don't really soften when ripening, nor do they get really fragrant. It's just been hit or miss with me - but is there a method to judge sweetness or ripeness?

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  1. They will soften somewhat, but not as soft as an Anjou pear. You should be getting a nice aroma of sweetness from the Bosc pears when ripe.

    1. Bosc pears don't really ripen after being picked; they simply get softer.

      So when buying them, look for ones with a nice dark skin and a good aroma.

      1. Check near the stem because pears ripen from the inside out. It should be softer than the rest of the pear and it should have a pear fragrance. You can put them in a paper bag with a banana for two days and they'll certainly ripen.