Pears are picked before they are ripe to prevent them from becoming grainy and stringy. BARTLETT pears are picked when they are green in color. Allow 7-10 days to ripen; they will turn a yellow color. We have both the red and green BARTLETT pears, the only difference is their color. They can be canned and are excellent for drying.
HINTS FOR HANDLING FRUIT
Before consuming, wash fruit.
Do not pack fruit deeply into containers.
As soon as possible, place fruit one layer deep in a place out of direct sunlight where they can be left undisturbed.
Let the fruit finish ripening. The length of time depends on the ripeness when picked and the temperature of the location in which you place them.
Let the pears ripen for 7-10 days; they will turn a yellow color. Be careful to not wait too long – they rot from the inside out .