This year is full of new adventures for us at 3 Moon Homestead. Our pear tree has produced enough pears to harvest and not just snack on as they fall or get picked. I have no idea when and how to harvest pears so I did an internet search and came across this page from Oregon State University.
Did you know that pears ripen from the inside out and the core will start deteriorating if you wait for pears to ripen on the tree? I didn’t.
Also, pears are supposed to be cooled down for a couple days before the ripening process. Again, I had no idea. So off the table and counter and into the fridge they go (along with my 50lbs of apples, lol, that disappointingly will not be turned into cider but have become a go-to for dutch apple pie, apple sauce, and snacks).
I’ve sadly discovered that all the fruit trees have bugaroos that like to make holes in them. Snacking is strongly encouraged in slices unless you don’t mind biting into “worm” poop or pieces. (Ewwww!)
Also, I think the plums are finally ripe so I’m actually going to start the plum wine process today.
Now what to do with the pears? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out how many pears I collect.
Lots of harvesting on this September 1st!