I am kind of terrible when it comes to buying produce, if it isn’t in my weekly organic food delivery box I don’t buy it until I actually need it. This means I often get burned buying avocados or pears because they are never as ripe as I want them to be. When is a pear ripe anyway?
I just arrived in Wenatchee, Washington, a place I had never heard of until a few weeks ago, with the sole purpose of learning about organic farming. The very first morning I have learned something that is ridiculously useful.
I am doing it all wrong.
Pears are one of the few fruits that don’t ripen on a tree. Pears bought in grocery stores often don’t ripen for five days so I need to think ahead if I am buying one there. Throwing them in a bag or putting them next to bananas may help a bit but I can’t buy a pear and use it that night unless I want a really hard pear. If I buy one locally at a farmer’s market there is an easy way to see how ripe it will be.
Check the neck.
Using a thumb to apply pressure to the neck of the pear is the best way to see if it is going to be ripe all the way through.
I am sure every grandparent knows this but like most sensible things we have forgotten to pass that one on.