Pick Your Own

24HR HOTLINE

Up-to-the-minute crop and field conditions, varieties, and current market prices.

Pears

Pears are one of the world's oldest cultivated and most beloved fruits. In The Odyssey, the Greek poet laureate Homer lauds pears as a "gift of the gods”. Early colonists brought the first pear trees to America's eastern settlements. Pears rank second to the apple as the most popular fruit. They can be eaten and used in the same way as the apple. Softer in texture than the apple, its unique shape reflects its luscious nature.

Season

Late August - Late September

Choosing

Pears do not ripen well on trees. They are harvested when they are mature but unripe and need to be ripened after harvest. Bartlett pears change from green to yellow as they ripen. Non-Bartlett pears (Anjou, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Seckel and Forelle) do not dramatically change color as they ripen. Because pears ripen from the inside out, the best way to check for ripeness is to "check the neck.” Gently press near the stem with your thumb. When it gives to gentle pressure it is ripe, juicy, and ready to eat. If you wait until the pear is soft around the middle, it will be overripe.

Ripening

Pears need to ripen at room temperature, so leave them on the kitchen counter or dining room table to enjoy their beauty as they ripen. Placing pears in a paper bag will help them ripen faster. Be sure to check daily so they don't get overripe. Add apples or bananas to speed up the process. All ripening fruit give off ethylene, so more ethylene in the air around the pear will help speed ripening.

Storing

Choosing Pears do not ripen well on trees. They are harvested when they are mature but unripe and need to be ripened after harvest. Bartlett pears change from green to yellow as they ripen. Non-Bartlett pears (Anjou, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Seckel and Forelle) do not dramatically change color as they ripen. Because pears ripen from the inside out, the best way to check for ripeness is to "check the neck.” Gently press near the stem with your thumb. When it gives to gentle pressure it is ripe, juicy, and ready to eat. If you wait until the pear is soft around the middle, it will be overripe. Ripening Pears need to ripen at room temperature, so leave them on the kitchen counter or dining room table to enjoy their beauty as they ripen. Placing pears in a paper bag will help them ripen faster. Be sure to check daily so they don't get overripe. Add apples or bananas to speed up the process. All ripening fruit give off ethylene, so more ethylene in the air around the pear will help speed ripening. Storing Ripened pears can be utilized right away or refrigerated to slow further ripening. As they ripen, pears can be arranged in a fruit bowl for display.

Freezing

We don't recommend freezing fresh pears that have not been processed. The juice and fibers will separate in the thawing process, and the results are not at all desired. However, freezing a cooked or processed pear (such as pear sauce) to which sugar has been added will work. Pear pie fillings can also be pre-baked and frozen. Make sure the pears are in a tightly sealed container prior to freezing to help reduce freezer burn and the growth of microorganisms. Wash and peel pears. Cut in halves and remove cores. Slice, if desired. To prevent discoloration, keep pears in an ascorbic acid solution (a solution of 3 grams (3,000 milligrams) ascorbic acid to 1 gallon of cold water). Prepare a very light, light, or medium syrup or pack pears in apple juice, white grape juice, or water.

Tips

1. Leave firm, unripe pears at room temperature to ripen. 2. Check the neck for ripeness daily, by applying gentle pressure to the neck, or stem end, of the pear with your thumb. If it yields to pressure, then it’s ripe and ready to eat! 3. Once the pear is ripe, it can be refrigerated to slow the ripening process and saved for use up to five days later.

Featured Recipes

March 11, 2020
Fresh Apple Salsa

Ingredients 1qt Diced Apples 1/2 Cup Diced Red Onion 1/4 Bunch Chopped Parsley 1/4 Bunch Chopped Mint 1/2 Cup Diced Green Peppers 1/2 Cup Diced Red Peppers 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice 1/4 Cup Olive Oil 1tsp Salt 1sp Granulated Garlic 1/4tsp Ground Black Pepper Recipe: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix evenly with gloved […]

Read More
March 9, 2020
Apple Chips

Ingredients 4 Apples (Granny Smith, Crispin, Honey Crisp, Spencer, or Braeburn only) Kosher Salt Black Pepper Recipe: Remove stems and Slice the apples on a mandoline  Spread out on the slices on greased parchment on sheet pans. Bake at 250f for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool and then store at room temp in sealed quarts.

Read More
view all recipes

The Apple Barrel

OPEN SEASONALLY
Monday-Thursday: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Friday-Sunday: 9:00AM-8:00PM

32 Reeds Gap Rd
Middlefield, CT 06455
Phone: 860-349-6000

more info

lyman golf

OPEN YEAR ROUND
Monday-Friday: 7:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday-Sunday: 7:00AM-5:00PM

700 Main Street
Middlefield, CT 06455
Phone: 860-349-6480

more info

Pick your own

OPEN SEASONALLY
Opens for the Season in June!

105 South Street
Middlefield, CT 06455
Phone: 860-349-6015

more info
© 2020 Lyman Orchards. All Rights Reserved. 
th-listclosephone-squarechevron-down-circle linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram