How To Pick A Perfectly Ripe Pear
How exactly do you define a perfectly ripe pear? Soft? Firm? Green? Brown? It depends. Give the pear a gentle squeeze on its shoulder, the fleshy portion of the pear along the stem. It ought to give slightly but not a lot. Pass over any pear that bears blemishes. And if the pears are piled up at room temperature, take a whiff; you ought to catch the scent of that subtle, intoxicating, sweet pear perfume.