Friday, September 13, 2013

Many European Pears Ripe Now

   We're still harvesting the two trees of 'Flameprince', our latest-ripening yellow peach variety, and still have a few 'Carolina Gold' yellow peaches and 'China Pearl' white peaches for sale, now till about Sept. 16 or 18.  They're tops for fresh eating and for freezing or canning, since next year's crop will likely be less or there might not be a crop.  Many have come in the last few days to buy peaches, so we now have 20 boxes of yellow peaches and 10 boxes of white peaches still for sale.
We're still harvesting 'Blake's Pride' European pears, and have have many for sale now.
   We're still harvesting 'Blake's Pride' European pears, and have almost finished harvesting 'Luscious' European pears.  I give taste samples of both these varieties.  We've harvested over 1000 pounds of  European pears so far, and still have a couple more later-ripening varieties to pick over the next month.  We'll have European pears for sale now until about Oct. 18.
   European pears are picked when firm-ripe, when the fruit's groundcolor or undercolor, the color underneath the red or orange blush, turns from dark green to light green.  If left on the tree beyond that stage, they'll drop or develop internal breakdown.  We harvest all the pears because they're tricky to pick.  European pears will keep well in the fridge for 6 weeks, and need to be placed on the counter 3 to 4 days before you want to use them, to soften and turn yellow.
   Asian pears will be ripe about Sept. 16 until Oct. 18 this year.  We have a few early apples for sale now, but the main apple season (and pick-your-own apple season) won't start until late Sept., and apples will be heavy all of Oct. and Nov.
    From Sept. 1 to Nov. 31 we're open our fall hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sun. 1-6 p.m.  For highway detour directions, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "older posts".