❁ Choose firm pears without cuts or bruises. Pears nick and bruise very easily, so handle with care.
❁ Pears are picked when mature but ripen at room temperature for best texture and taste.
❁ Pears may be best quality and lowest cost when they are in season, September through May depending on the variety.
❁ Select Asian pears that are fragrant and unbruised. Ripe Asian pears are firm and do not soften. They are ready to eat when purchased.