Parker pear

Asked August 24, 2018, 3:39 PM EDT

We planted a summer crisp and Parker pear 15 years ago. One died (can’t remember which one) and now have harvested 5 ice cream buckets of pears. Do I leave them at room temp to ripen or maybe down my basment where it stays around 65 degrees? Also, dry them, single layer?

Mille Lacs County Minnesota

3 Responses

Here is an article from Oregon state university: Note that the article indicates that pears need a cool treatment to ripen properly.

This doesn’t really help me. It didn’t say anything about our kind of pear. Confused on how long they should be refrigerated before allowing to ripen in basement

I'm having trouble finding specific information about Parker Pears. The articles I've found say they keep best in the refrigerator, so I would just keep them in the fridge until you're ready to eat them. I know the previous article mentioned anywhere from 2 days to a few weeks. I suspect if Parker pears keep well in the fridge, you can pop them out and let them ripen as needed, if that makes sense. If you're going to use them all at once, for preserving or similar, I would let them stay in the fridge for a few days to a week and then let them ripen at room temperature, checking them frequently.

I apologize for not being able to give you a more definitive answer.