Bartlet Pears never ripen

Asked July 6, 2019, 12:53 PM EDT

I've tried various methods over the years. Harvest from August thru november. Tried leaving them out and fridging them for days to months. Then leaving them out for days to weeks. We've had the tree for 15 years and never goten a pear that wasn't as crunchy as a carrot. Any advice on how to ripen or what to do with bricks of pears

Carroll County Maryland fruit abiotic issues

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Hi- this is our general European pear harvesting advice:
European pears: Do not allow them to ripen on the tree. The flesh will become gritty and soft. Pick pears when they still are hard and full-sized, with a slight change in background color. They also will twist off the tree quite easily. Store pears in a refrigerator or other very cool location. They will soften at room temperature.

It sound like you've tried everything and we wonder if your pear tree is actually a fruiting quince tree (Cydonia oblonga)? Or is it possible that your pear tree was grafted onto quince rootstock (not un-common) and the graft union was buried so that the rootstock became the above ground tree?