While there are over 3000 varieties of pears in the world, only about 10 varieties are common in the U.S.

How to Select

Select pears that are firm. To test when a pear is ripe, gently apply pressure with your finger. It will yield under pressure when ready-to-eat.

How to Store

Unripe pears can be stored in a paper bag at room temperature until ripe. Ripe pears should be refrigerated.

How to Prepare

Pears can be eaten as is with the skin on, or they can be pealed, chopped or sliced.