Fall is the season for pears, and from cocktails to salads, we’re dishing on all the best ways to enjoy every last drop of the sweet bounty. To know if a pear is ripe, gently push at the neck, around the stem. If it's firm, give your pear a few more days to ripen. If the fruit gives just a bit under your finger, you're holding a ripe pear. Pears past their prime are delicious in breads and sauces. You're sure to find a favorite pear recipe in this collection, and when you do, you'll be thinking "Apple who?" when the temps start to drop. Pears will soon be your autumnal passion.
Ripe, Juicy Pears
Perfectly ripe pears have no peers: sensuous with a quenching, dripping juiciness and perfumed, honey-buttery sweetness—like the last hurrah of summer's sunshine. Their texture, mealy in the best way, offers a slight give followed by a mouthwatering giving-in. The U.S. crop—grown mostly in Washington and Oregon—comes into full glory in October. If rotund, short-necked Comice is the Cadillac of the pear world, Anjou is the workhorse. Forelle (shown here) and Seckel are petite, fleeting beauties. Grab them while you can!