When Should Pears Be Harvested?

Knowing when to harvest fruits and vegetables is an important part of being a good gardener or farmer. Harvest them too early and they won’t ripen properly, and waiting too long can cause the fruits to go bad before you get a chance to eat them. However, some of the difficulty comes about because different fruits all mature at different times and ripen at different rates.

So what about pears? When should pears be harvested?

It’s hard to give a precise answer, because there are many varieties of pear that mature anywhere from mid-summer to early winter. However, the universal condition is that pears should be harvested when the fruits are mature, but not fully ripened. You will be able to tell because the pears will be full size, but will still be hard, as opposed to the softer texture they have when they have ripened.

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