About four or so weeks ago I bought a bag of pears …they were rock hard but that is better than them being already ripe and ending up mushy and binned before they are consumed. After a few days I checked them …still hard as hard could be. I continued to check them every day but the only change was that their skin colour was mellowing.. After about two weeks of daily checking , I actually forgot about them as I just kept topping up the apples which now sat on top of them. I only remembered them when I had nearly run out of the apples, and saw them lurking at the bottom of the bowl. I carefully picked one up, expecting it to be quite mushy by now …but it was as hard as hard could be ….still.
I grabbed a knife and quartered it …hoping it was edible …maybe it was meant to never be a juicy, succulent fruit …maybe it was more like an apple …but even they go soft…eventually. Well … if I were desperate I might have eaten it …maybe … but I was determined not to waste the remaining six.
I peeled quartered and cored them … with difficulty …and cooked them slowly in water which I had added a little lemon juice and sugar to …when soft enough to allow a knife point to pass through ..just …I turned them off and left them to cool.
On my return I tasted them …to my amazement they were delicious and soft ….like a very good quality tinned or bottled fruit ….last night we had them with chocolate custard and they were yummy….who would have thought.
Now I have two questions ….is this a brand of pear that is known to others out there…just not me ….or are these a batch of pears that found their way on to a supermarket shelf rather than continuing their journey to a cannery….I suppose I will never know.
Take Care xx
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