Although our summer fruit season has come to an end, that doesn’t mean things slow down here in the Northwest. In fact, they’re just getting started!
While cherries kick off our harvest season in June, we continue with apples and pears well into the fall. There are ten commercially grown pears in Washington and Oregon, but our main varieties include: Bartlett, Bosc, Green Anjou and Red Anjou.
Bartletts are among the very first new crop fruit to come off the tree, with their harvest beginning in early August. Like apples, the different pear varieties are harvested at different times.
2020 Harvest Start Times:
|Bartlett||Early August||Available through January|
|Red Anjou||Late August||Available through June|
|Bosc||Mid September||Available through April|
|Green Anjou||Mid September||Available nearly year-round|
Farming is a year-round job and we’re lucky to have the best growers out there!
DYK?: Pears are picked when they are fully mature, but not yet ripe. They are one of the only fruits to ripen off the tree!
To ripen pears, allow them to sit on your counter top at room temperature for 1-3 days. Check the Neck! to see if they are ready to eat – apply gentle pressure to the neck of the pear, and if it gives slightly, it is juicy and sweet and ready to eat!
Why are pears considered a Winter fruit? Find out here.
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See Also: Washington Apple Harvest