How to buy pears
Go for firm, unblemished fruit. And think beyond Bartletts! Golden Bosc pears taste like honey. Asian pears are extra crisp. Anjou and Comice pears have red or green skin: The former have citrusy notes; the latter are uniquely squat.
How to store pears
Pears are harvested early and will ripen best at room temp—near apples or bananas to speed things up. (Weird but true!) Don’t count on color to determine ripeness. Instead, gently press the top near the stem. If it feels slightly soft, it’s ready to eat. Store ripe pears in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.
How to cook with pears
Like apples, sliced pears can turn brown, so serve them right away or sprinkle with lemon juice. Many pear varieties can be used interchangeably. For poaching or baking, go for firmer Anjou or Bosc pears, which will hold their shape better.
Ready to cook? Check out these recipes: