Pears are a fruit that ripens at different times of the year, depending on the type ( discover the various types of pears ) and the latitude in which it is grown: pears such as Williams and Kaiser can be found starting from August, thigh pears ripen in the middle of July, autumn pears such as Abate, Decena and Conference are available after the summer, while the Angys pear arrives in stores in mid-December.
But once bought, how do you keep pears?
PEAR: HOW TO KEEP IT AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
If we intend to eat pears within a short time of purchase, it is better to choose them already ripe and ready and keep them at room temperature directly in the kitchen, in the fruit basket. In this case we will have to be ready to consume the pears rather quickly, at most a couple of days, because pears stored in the heat tend to ripen quickly and, especially in summer, spoil quickly. If we realize that we will not be able to eat them in time, do not despair: we can use them to prepare fantastic desserts with pears ( discover our recipes ) or pear preserves.
STORE THE PEARS IN THE REFRIGERATOR
The best place to store pears before eating them is a cool and not humid place: we can therefore store them in the cellar, if there is no excessive humidity, or – better still – in the refrigerator, at a temperature of around 2 °. The ideal place for pears in the fridge is the fruit and vegetable drawer: always remember to put the pears inside a paper bag if we want to further slow down the ripening.
The pears in the fridge can be kept for up to a month, depending on the temperature and quality.
ACCELERATE THE RIPENING OF PEARS
It is often customary to buy a box of still unripe pears in order to keep them longer and eat them progressively over time. In this case, there are some tricks and methods to make pears ripen faster: for example, keeping pears close to apples or kiwis helps speed up fruit ripening by virtue of the emission of ethylene by these products. Obviously, as seen above, the storage temperature also affects the degree of ripeness of pears and the relative speed of this process: warmer environments will make pears ripen more quickly.
Also, pay attention to the way in which the pears are arranged and to the packaging used: it is better to choose wooden or plastic crates rather than cardboard and be careful not to pile the fruits on top of each other, but to orient them so that the petioles of the pears do not touch the other fruits.
FREEZING: HOW TO FREEZE PEARS
Is it possible to keep pears in the freezer at sub-zero temperatures? Yes, but as long as you make a special preparation. In fact, pears cannot be placed in the freezer as they are, but it is necessary to follow one of the various methods to freeze the fruit: peel and cut the pears into slices, wash them with cold water and dry them, put them in a container and pour the juice. lemon to prevent the pears from turning black. Then you can prepare a sugar syrup (using 250 g of sugar for each liter of water) and pour it over the pears before putting them in the freezer. Alternatively, it is possible to arrange them separately on a tray and leave them in the freezer for about an hour, and then close them, already with a principle of freezing, inside a classic freezer-safe freshness bag (to prevent them from sticking to each other) and put the pears back in the freezer for good.
CHOOSE ANGYS, THE PEAR THAT KEEPS NATURALLY FOR MONTHS
The simplest and most genuine way to properly preserve pears and always have them ready to eat is to choose Angys pears. In fact, this quality of pear is among the longest-lived ever and has a natural resistance above average without the need for any specific precautions, special treatments during cultivation or after harvesting, and without losing ripeness.
Available starting from December, the month in which it arrives among the fruit and vegetable stalls after the autumn harvest, the Angys pear is fresh and healthy even in spring, without running the risk of becoming too ripe or rotting: it is always ready to taste, always seasonal and always endowed with its pleasantly sweet and sugary flavor. Furthermore, it maintains its organoleptic and nutritional properties all the time, which make it a healthy and highly digestible pear, rich in antioxidants, simple sugars, and mineral salts.