Today was the first harvest of pears. There are two very mature (ie old) pear trees on the property and today was the day to pick them. We did a little research online on when to pick a pear and the consensus was to pick before they ripen on the tree. The pears then should be stored in a cool place to ripen. The way to tell if a pear is ready to be picked is to hold the pear horizontal and if it detaches from the tree then it's ready. We have put this to the test a few times and this was the first day that the pears detached.
There is so much fruit on the trees I'm not sure what we are going to do with it all. If you have suggestions / recipes that we should try please send them along.
Another thing that we discovered is that either the trees are taller then we thought or we are much shorter. We first picked all the pears that we could reach and filled a pail. We then grabbed a step ladder but that was not very effective. The ground around the trees is very uneven. We managed to fill a second pail with fruit but it was only a drop in the bucket (excuse the pun). Next is to bring out the extension ladder...
I hope it wasn't too appearent but this is my first blog entry. We will try to get more up soon. Here's a photo of the fruits of our labour