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Ripen-at-Home Pears.

(11 Posts)
Calendargirl Thu 10-Sep-20 12:51:08

Buy pears every week at Tesco’s. Sometimes ready to eat, sometimes ripen at home.
But some I bought two weeks ago are still like bullets. They have sat in state in a brown paper bag accompanied by a banana, in the conservatory, for several days now.

Will they ever ripen?

What am I doing wrong?


lovebeigecardigans1955 Thu 10-Sep-20 12:55:14

This why I don't bother with 'ripen at home' pears any more Calendargirl as they are so hit and miss. They can feel hard but when you cut into them they're not always as bad as you thought they'd be. Your banana trick is meant to work - perhaps a few more days?

Grannynannywanny Thu 10-Sep-20 13:03:35

I’ve given up trying with ripen at home pears and peaches etc. I can never get it right. My GC love the flat “donut” shape peaches and I always stocked up when they visited. I’ve found in recent months they are only available as ripen at home. They are still like mini turnips a week later!

Ilovecheese Thu 10-Sep-20 13:38:27

I have given up with as well. I poach pears and peaches.

Witzend Thu 10-Sep-20 13:41:42

If they’re Conference pears, I prefer them hard. (Yes, I know I’m probably weird.)

midgey Thu 10-Sep-20 14:17:05

They won’t ripen, they will just go bad next. At least that’s my experience!

Calendargirl Thu 10-Sep-20 15:16:29


They won’t ripen, they will just go bad next. At least that’s my experience!

That’s what I think will happen, bad in the middle but still hard on outside.

Callistemon Thu 10-Sep-20 15:40:55

DH likes conference pears hard too, Witzend
Yes, you're both weird grin

I find the more expensive nectarines and pears do ripen ok (usually only 4 in a pack) but it's not always easy to get which ones you prefer when online shopping.

FarNorth Thu 10-Sep-20 15:47:01

I poke the tip of a sharp knife into them, to test, as sometimes they turn out to be softer than they seem.

Nightsky2 Thu 10-Sep-20 15:47:53

Calendargirl. Do what I did, plant a pear tree. I planted one about 5 years ago and picked around 20 pears a few days ago. They have all ripened and are delicious.🍐

PamelaJ1 Thu 10-Sep-20 15:52:30

A branch of our pear tree broke the other week so I had lots of under ripe pears. Poach them with red wine and cinnamon, sugar if you need it. Delicious.