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How to pick a perfect pear

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Cooking School

How to pick a perfect pear

This article was originally published in the Septenber 2008 issue of Canadian Living Magazine. Subscribe today and never miss an issue!

• Choose ï¬�rm, ripe pears because they keep their shape after cooking and yield best results.
• If pears are not completely ripe, you can hasten the process by storing them in a paper bag at room temperature for a few days. Or set them out in a fruit bowl along with apples or bananas.
• Refrigerate ripe pears to slow further ripening. Once refrigerated, they will generally keep for 3 to 5 days.
• To check for ripeness, pear should give to gentle pressure when pressed near stem. If you wait until pear is soft around middle, it will probably be overripe.

VARIETIES
Here are notes on the pears used in some of these recipes: Canadian Living's simple harvest pear recipes

Bartlett
• Clear yellow, blemish-free skin
• Juicy, sweet and with ï¬� ne-grained smooth-textured flesh
• Great for eating fresh, poaching, canning or cooking
• Available from late August to November Anjou
• Light green skin with slight yellow tinge
• Naturally sweet and keeps well
• Excellent for eating fresh and cooking
• Available from late September to March

Bosc
• Golden brown when ripe
• Full-bodied flavour
• Remain ï¬�rm and keep shape after cooking
• Excellent for eating fresh, poaching or roasting
• Available from September to January

Recipe image at top: 
Honey-Roasted Pears

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