An Immature Bartlett Pear

An Immature Bartlett Pear

An Immature Bartlett Pear

Fruit on a pear tree begins its journey to the fruit bowl and Mason jar by growing upwards and defying gravity.

By the end of next month the fruit will be much larger and start to turn down and hang earthward.

Katherine Grossman

Katherine Grossman was born and raised in the greater Washington, D.C area. But for the last 30 years Mrs. Grossman has lived a life of deliberate self-reliance in rural western Pennsylvania. She loves to garden, knit mittens; makes a killer meatloaf and has been known to deliver triplet lambs with her eyes closed. 


  5 comments for “An Immature Bartlett Pear

  1. Vermont Gardener
    June 11, 2013 at 10:13 am

    This photo is an eye opener to me because it shows the stage when a pear still looks like a swollen rose hip — and reminds me that pear and so many of our favorite fruits are members of the Rosaceae family. Thanks for rejuvenating the Granny Miller blog in its latest incarnation.

  2. Wonderloaf
    June 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Granny! Can you please tell us when a Bartlett pear is ripe to pick? Aren’t we supposed to pick them when they’re still hard, and then they finish ripening in the warmth of the house? (I read that somewhere ….) And what about winter storage?
    Thanks very much!

    • KMG
      June 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Wonderloaf –
      Yes pears are best picked when the are still hard & green. They ripen best in the shade or wrapped tight in a brown paper bag at room temperature. Bartlett pears don’t store as well as other types of pears. But in general pears store best in a cool dark cellar wrapped individually in paper.

  3. ginger davis
    July 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I have a pear tree that gets heavy fruit thats 15 inches around. So heavy they will break the tree. We hull and hull and hull. What can these hard hulled pears be used for. I think this is the cooking variety

    • Katherine Grossman
      July 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      I’m not sure I understand what you mean by “hull” :-) Do you mean cull?

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