Storage & Handling
Choose Ontario pears that are firm. Don't be misled by scars or minor surface blemishes - they won't affect the flesh or taste.
Slice pears lengthwise; using a spoon or melon-baller and working from the base of the pear, scoop out core. Peel if desired.
To Prevent Browning:
Coat sliced pears with lemon juice immediately after slicing.
Consumers love pears at various levels of ripeness. Some consumers enjoy them at the early stages when they are firm and crisp and some like to wait until they have ripened to the point that they yield to gentle pressure. If your preference is to ripen your pears, here's a quick guide to assist you!
- Remove your pears from the container they were purchased in and sort according to ripeness.
- Place firm pears in a paper bag, at room temperature, away from direct sunlight.
- Check pears daily. If pear yields to gentle pressure at the stem end, it's ready to eat.
- If pears are at the desired level of ripeness, enjoy immediately or refrigerate until you are ready. Ripe pears will stay fresh in your fridge for up to 5 days.