It’s officially pear season. Move over, pumpkins!
I always make sure I grab a few pears whenever I make a trip to the grocery store. When I get home, I place them in the fruit bowl to ripen on the counter before storing them in the refrigerator until I’m ready to eat (that’s if they last that long).
I’ve been going a little pear crazy lately and adding sweet, ripe pears to my morning smoothie, making chutney for my morning oatmeal, and baking them in to all sorts of fall treats.
USA Pears is currently harvesting all 10 varieties of their pears, Yellow Bartlett being my pear of choice. They’re sweet and juicy when ripe. You can tell when a pear is ripe by pressing gently on the narrow “neck” of the pear near its stem. If it gives to pressure, it’s ripe. I also like to perform what I call the sniff test. If the pear smells like a pear, it’s ready to eat.