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How do I know when my fresh pears are ripe?

Pears ripen after harvest, so choose firm fruit.  "Check the Neck for Ripeness" daily by applying gentle pressure to the stem end of the pear with your thumb. When the neck yields to gentle pressure, it is ready to eat.

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