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ERB
25/04/2013 at 09:01

I have a conference pear tree in my garden but am never able to know when to pick them. They are either to ripe, (look good on the outside but rotten inside) or not ripe enough and never seem to ripen. Can any one advise me whether there is there a way of telling when these should be picked.

25/04/2013 at 10:19

I am afraid with all pears (I have Concord) that there is only a nano-second when they are edible. This also applies to shop bought ones. Generally, if you can easily remove the pear with a little twist, I would say they are ready; but don't forget last year was truely awful for fruit and was not at all typical

ERB
25/04/2013 at 11:29

Thank you Artjak. This has been going on for about 10 years and still can't get it right.

25/04/2013 at 19:39

Have you thought of juicing them, which can be done with slightly under ripe ones?

25/04/2013 at 20:21

I pick the pears from my daughter tree while they are still firm.I pick only what I need and put in the fridge to keep for a week.You can store them but they are best picked from the tree when you need them.

25/04/2013 at 20:53

I've been buying British grown conference pears for weeks now and wondered how they are harvested & stored - given that it must be months since they were picked - so I googled a bit & found lots of info, which I'm sure you'd find useful too.  It seems that pears don't in fact ripen on the tree!

Whenever I  buy slightly under-ripe fruit, I put it in a bowl with a ripe banana because that always speeds up the ripening process.  Any over-ripe bananas (I prefer to eat them when they're still a bit green at both ends) are then used to make a cake.

ERB
26/04/2013 at 15:54

Thank you I do pick them when they are still firm but they don't seem to ripen very well. Could try juicing, I have never tried that. I will try again to google and see if I can get any further info. Thank you all for your comments.

26/04/2013 at 18:45

Pear Trees should be pruned twice a year...

ERB
29/04/2013 at 12:54

Thanks Stephen I do prune them once a year after all the fruit have been picked. When should they be pruned again.

14/10/2013 at 17:58

Iv'e read, wrap them in paper check regulaly. Sorry about spelling

14/10/2013 at 20:24

Conference pears cook brilliantly when a bit firm - lovely in a pear and almond cake, simply stewed pears with yoghurt and muesli for breakfast, or wonderful spiced pickled pears (very easy) to eat with cold meats for C........  Yuletide, or a pear and walnut crumble with custard ..... I could go on....... and on....... and on.......

15/10/2013 at 14:00

 "It seems that pears don't in fact ripen on the tree!"

How interesting hypercharleyfarley!!

I never knew that.  I've been trying to squeeze the pears on my tree for weeks and weeks now, waiting for them to soften up so I can pick and scoff them, so this explains why they're all still hard as rocks !!!

I'll see if I can gently twist some off, as have had my eye on about half a dozen nice blushed ones, not sure of the variety, I thought Williams, but not sure.  Then I will put to the side with a banana for company and then scoff.

21/10/2013 at 19:26

Bramley and conference

Trying to cut down a bit on sugar intake, I discovered the other day that gently stewing an underripe conference pear with a Bramley apple and a few cloves gives a beautifully delicate and refreshing dessert needing no sugar!

Just cut the fruit thinly, add a bit of boiling water - enough to make some juice - bring back to the boil and turn off heat and leave the lid on. The residual heat of the electric hob does the rest.

Also nice to add a spoonful or two of the fruit mix to porridge to jazz it up a bit.

23/10/2013 at 18:47

As has been said, they are ready to pick when they come away when you lift them with a slight twist. If you have to pull, then it's too soon. In any case they will be rock hard, which is the way my wife likes to eat them but I don't. I put them in a bowl on a windowledge for a week or two to soften slightly.

06/08/2014 at 16:40

If you pick conference pears while still firm and then put in the salad drawer in your fridge they will ripen slowly but still stay firm.

 

20/08/2014 at 11:52

this is all really interesting as I've just harvested about 30 pears from my tree - its first year of fruiting properly - and some I've left on as they didn't want to part from the tree so I'll try them again next week.

Now I need to clear some room in the fridge!!!! Thanks all of you

20/08/2014 at 16:15

I have some lovely pears - first crop ever and was wondering when to pick them as they just seem hard. Will twist a couple and then see.

By the way last year i was given some and made the most delicious pear and vanilla jam. (recipe I found on interent) Will have another go this year but will make sure I use preserving sugar, which I don't usually bother with

21/08/2014 at 13:11

Following the instructions on here I have just picked my first crop of Concorde pears. I didn't even have to twist just lightly lifted the fruit and they came away.

Now I will leave them in a bowl for a few days near the bananas and see what happens . I will let you know

20/09/2014 at 11:14

My little conference tree has done so well this year I'm thrilled. As this photo taken today shows they're all still on the tree except for two that came off in high winds recently. 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/60437.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

When I tested the 'lift and twist' method the other day I did find two more came away but rather reluctantly so I've left the others for a bit longer. I suspect that it won't be much longer, however, as forecast suggest temperatures are due to stay higher than normal for the rest of September.

I'm now wondering if it's best to take them off now for a slower ripening in a cool place in newspaper...

No hum! Such big problems to resolve.........

23/09/2014 at 18:48

The birds have started to nibble the tops of some the conference pears. I'm taking that as a sign : if they are noticeably riper to the birds then it's time to pick. 

So I did!

Even though they're still hard when pressed at the tops. I shall wrap them in newspaper and store them; somewhere 'cool and dark' rings a bell from deep back in childhood. It will be interesting  to see if I can use them as I need them through the next few months without wastage. 

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