• Organic Bartlett Pears

Organic Bartlett Pears

Green or Yellow? Bartlett Pears are crunchy and lightly “fresh-sweet” when their skin is green. But eating a firm, crunchy Bartlett that’s still green in color is missing the point for me. Bring on the succulence! Allow Bartletts to ripen at room temperature until the skin turns yellow for a soft, sticky-sweet and juicy eating pear.

Bring on the succulence! Allow Bartletts to ripen at room temperature until the skin turns yellow for a soft, sticky-sweet and juicy eating pear.

3 Shades of a Bartlett: Ripen Pears at Room Temperature

  1. Green: Hard and crunchy texture with a tart-sweet taste. This is the ripeness for stage for someone who is without a napkin, is hungry enough or impatient enough to eat a Pear that will taste much better in a day or two.
  2. Yellow-Green: Nicely sweet, classic pear flavor and succulent flesh. This is for typical lunch room eating.
  3. Full Yellow: The chin-dripper! Outrageously juicy, richly-ripe and sticky sweet. This is the lean over the desk waste-basket with wet-wipes handy or lean over the kitchen sink and slurp up the sweetness. Yes, Bartletts do not stay at the full yellow stage for long before going bad AND the tender skin will likely show scars and bruises from handling. Be gentle.

More Bartlett Pear Tips

  • Not ready to use them? Store green Bartletts in the fridge to slow the ripening process.
  • Into juicing? Make green juices with Bartlett Pears that are still hard and green so that your juice doesn’t become cloudy or grainy.
  • Have some over-ripe Bartletts that you won’t be able to snack on before they go bad? Blend them! Bartlett Pears add intense sweetness and a pear-spiced flavor to vegetable smoothie blends.

Juice Recipe: Pear-fict Mint Green Juice

Juice the following ingredients in a juice extractor.

  1. 2-3oz Baby Spinach and Baby Kale mix
  2. 1 Greenhouse Cucumber (or two medium field cucumbers)
  3. 1 bunch fresh Mint
  4. 1 Lime, partially peeled
  5. 1” piece of fresh Ginger
  6. 2-3 Green Bartlett Pears, firm or firm-ripe

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