Keiffer pears

ralph31558(z8GA)July 13, 2013

Iv'e had my kieffer pear tree for 5 years, this is the first year that i am getting fruit., How will i know when the pears are ready to be picked?They are as large as baseballsand still very hard, Some have a slight red blush on them. Are the supposed to get yellow bfore picking?i Picked a couple with the blush and they were not ripe yet.
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You have to pick them at the blush stage, then ripen them off the tree. When they turn yellow and soften, they're ripe to eat.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 4:52PM
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spunbondwarrior(7 wst nc)

It's my opinion that they will never be ready to eat.
But if you don't mind them, and make sure that you eat nothing but a fully ripe one, 'cause they are full of sand until they are dead ripe, they're really pretty good.
Pick them off the tree when they just start to yellow or get a bit of red on them, Wrap each one in a piece of newspaper and put them in a paper bag or cardboard box and put the box or bag in a closet . Every couple of weeks take one out and see if it is nice and soft and has a really nice pear aroma.
Pretty good when they are warm and soft and ripe.
We used to have four great big Keiffer trees, and cussed them every year when the millions of dropped fruits attracted billions of yellow jackets and their stingy little friends.
One day this woman stopped and asked if she could take some home. We helped her gather up quite a few bags and she was absolutely over joyed. She told us that Keiffer's make the best preserves and canned pears and pear butter and that she would bring us some. She told the truth. Baked Keiffer's covered in melted butter (NOT margarine) and honey is a real treat.
Canned and cooked and otherwise put up, Keiffer's make for some very good eating. Much better than any kind of pear stuff you'll ever get at the store.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 10:50PM
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No matter what you do with them, they'll always still be gritty.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 11:06PM
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I've several times read the claim that more "Keiffers" than "Bartletts" are canned and sold as "Bartlett Pears."

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 7:31PM
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