Take Your Pick of Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Seckel or Red

What’s a more delicious and nutritious winter treat than a crisp, just-ripe pear? When picking your favorite variety, choose bright and fresh-looking pears with no bruises or external damage. Pears are harvested before they ripen and, other than Bartletts, do not dramatically change color when ripe. Test for ripeness by pressing gently near the stem — if it gives to gentle pressure it is sweet, juicy and ready to eat. Waiting until pears are soft around the middle may indicate over ripeness. Ripen pears in a warm place in a fruit bowl or in a paper bag. Check daily for ripeness and store in the coldest part of the refrigerator when ripe.