To ripen pears, store them at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Since these fruits
become more fragile as they ripen, try to store them loosely in a bowl or on a plate.
When ripe, most pears will give slightly when pressed gently near the stem. Some
pears, like Bartlett, turn from green to yellow and produce a fragrance as they ripen.
Storing Ripe Pears
Once a pear hits its peak ripeness, transfer it to the refrigerator crisper and eat
within a few days.
Storing Asian Pears
Asian pears will remain quite firm when they are ripe, so the key to determining if
they are ready to eat is aroma: a ripe Asian pear will be quite fragrant. If they are
unblemished, most Asian pears should keep in the refrigerator crisper for up to 2
months. Wrap each pear in paper towels to protect it, and place in a perforated