Harvest and store pears - so they stay fresh for a long time

If you can harvest pears from your own tree for the first time, you usually don't know exactly when the time is right. But recognizing that is very easy.

It is best to only harvest pears that are ready for picking

Fall time is harvest time. Depending on the variety, the first pears on your trees will be ripe from mid-July. However, the picking maturity differs from the pleasure maturity - this is important if you want to store the fruits for the winter. There is also a practical tool for harvesting that makes your work easier and also ensures more safety when harvesting. We would like to introduce this to you below.

How do you recognize ripe pears?

First of all, the variety is decisive. But the weather of the past few months also plays a role. Early ripening varieties are usually not so well suited for storage. In this case, the fruits may remain on the tree until they are fully ripe or ready to eat.

Camp pears, on the other hand, should be harvested when ready for picking. You can tell when this ripeness is reached that the fruits become lighter and can easily be turned from the tree with the stem. Cut a pear as a test: a ripe fruit has brown seeds, but is still very firm overall.

When is the best time to harvest?

All fruits on the pear tree are never ready for picking at the same time. So plan several days and harvest the pears one after the other. Dry, stable and frost-free weather is also important so that the fruits can be stored well. The pears must be dry, otherwise mold will form quickly. Bulbs are insensitive to low frost. Before picking, however, you have to wait until any frozen fruit has thawed, otherwise you will easily get bruises. When the optimal time is determined and the weather is right, you can start.

Tipp Our tip:

You can easily reach the lower branches by hand. A stable ladder makes sense for the upper branches. Or even better: use a picker (e.g. available here) with which you can easily reach the pears. After all, using the ladder is tedious and you can easily lose your balance with a harvest basket. With the picker, on the other hand, you can also reach branched branches. Then carefully place the pears in a padded wicker basket.

Which pears can be stored?

Basically, late varieties are better for storage. The fruit should be undamaged, because falling fruit, fruit with damage and pressure points as well as overripe pears rot quickly or start to become moldy. Store the pears in a cool, dark cellar with high humidity. The ideal temperature in the storage room is just above 0 degrees Celsius.

Spread the fruits side by side in flat wooden boxes. Do not lay on top of each other! A layer of corrugated cardboard is also useful under the pears. If you only want to store pears for a short time, the vegetable compartment in the fridge is the right place.

If you don't have a suitable cellar, you can store the pears well packed in wooden boxes in the garden shed or on the balcony. In any case, you should check the fruit every now and then, because then you can remove the fruit that rots or rots despite care.