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When Pears are Harvested and When They are Rripe

The maturity, more precisely the harvesting maturity and the eating ripeness, is the most difficult topic when it comes to pears and there is a good reason for this. In the case. There are good reasons to say that this topic makes the pear a bit difficult, because in the case of the pear fruits, the harvesting maturity and the eating ripeness are, in most cases, not only far apart from each other, but difficult to establish. The pear is a climacteric fruit; it matures on the tree, but also after the harvest, under the accelerating influence of the ripening gas ethylene, which it produces by itself, but also by other fruits (e.g. during storage, but also in the fruit bowl) .

We know about this climacteric ripening process from the apple; however the pear is clearly faster and more dynamic. Above all, the ripening process can no longer be stopped once it has begun and within 4-14 days, it leads to a buttery, fruitful fruit, which is only now and then enjoyable.

Due to this peculiarity of the pear, there is an interesting contradiction: the earlier I harvest a pear, the further away the harvesting time is from the eating ripeness on the tree; the longer the pear can be stored, the later it can be artificially ripened and enjoyed. That means practically the following: I eat the earliest harvested pears the latest, the later harvested pears I have to enjoy earlier, and the fruits which have ripened on the tree can hardly be carried home if I do not want them to become mush.

 
 
 
 

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