Friday, August 17, 2012

'Luscious' European Pears Ripe Now

   I started harvesting 'Luscious' European pears today.  We'll have a good amount of these for the next couple weeks, then we'll have other European pear varieties until early Oct.
'Luscious' European pears are ripening now till early Sept.
   European pears are harvested when the skin turns light green and the stem separates easily from the branch.  Then you let them sit out on the counter for a day or two until they soften and the skin turns light yellow, when they're ready to eat.  If left too long on the tree, European pears can develop internal breakdown or drop, so they're best softened after harvest.
   European pears are wonderful for cooking as well as fresh eating.  Yesterday I made a pear crumble with some of them.  I've posted this recipe as a Note on the Brenda's Berries Facebook page.
This pear crumble, made with European pears, tastes delicious.
   Some Asian pears are ripening now also, but we only have 5 bearing trees of these (we've grafted more, but it will be a couple years before they bear much), so these are limited.  Asian pears are juicy and crunchy, great for fresh eating and salads but not for use in most baked or cooked dishes.
Asian pears are ripening and are limited, so call ahead if you want these.
   We still have some 'Gala' apples and a few 'Jonafree' apples in our cooler, for sale for the next week or so (until they run out).  The main apple season and pick-your-own apple season should run from about Sept. 15 to Nov. 15 this year.
   We're still open our summer hours (Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 7-9 p.m.) until Aug. 31.  I give taste samples of all the apple and pear varieties as they ripen.