Bartlett Pears

Bartletts bruise easily.  Look for firm, unmarked and unbruised fruit.  When ripe, a red Bartlett goes from dark green with reddish blush to a brillant red.  They are fragrant and the flesh at the stem yields to gentle pressure.  Ripen pears at room temperature in a paper bag with and apple or banan.  Store ripe pears in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Bartletts are better eaten out of hand, but can be used in cooked dishes.  When heated, pear skin will darken and toughen, so remove before cooking.