Ideas for small hard pears?
A neighbor gave me some very small (lemon-sized) hard pears - she says they don't soften up even when brought inside. Her tree is loaded, I suggested pruning and thinning next year to increase the fruit size, but if they don't soften when ripe, what can she do with them? Add apple juice and cook them down into pear butter, then put through food mill?
I was wondering if they could be peeled and preserved whole, or if they would still be hard.