I have some questions about our bland Bartlett and Anjou pears and would appreciate some help.
Some of my pears have passed the tilt test and got picked off the tree, they’re still hard and not at all sweet. Can they get sweeter or is that pretty much it once picked? Will sitting in a fridge for a spell make them sweeter? Is there anything I can do to get them to be sweet but still crunchy like the ones you can buy from the grocery stores?
The conventional wisdom here in CA is that you put them in a brown paper bag and they’ll ripen quickly without mushing up; keep them cool but not cold. Don’t know if it’s a CA thing or what, but it sure seems to work for both apples and pears.
I’ve always preferred crispy pears, but I don’t mind them soft if the flavor is good. Our Bartletts are always sweet before they soften.