There are over 3000 varieties of pears in the world and in the U.S. almost all are grown on the west coast.
How to Select
Select pears that are firm. To test when they are ready to eat, gently apply pressure with your finger and when it begins to yield it is ready.
How to Store
Unripe pears can be stored in a bag at room temperature and ripe pears should be refrigerated.
How to Prepare
Pears can be eaten as is with the skin on, they can also be pealed, chopped or sliced.