Pears require more
care in their harvesting than apples. They bruise
easily and are harmed by frost, whilst they deteriorate
quickly if over-ripe. They will be ready to gather
if, when you take the fruit on the palm of the
hand and lift it, it parts from the spur with
its stem attached. Gather pears when dry and before
they are frosted, between late July and the end
of October. They require a temperature of 7°-10°C
(45°-50°F) to store well and should be
kept in a darkened room or a cupboard or drawer.
Pears will sweat and quickly deteriorate in a
too cold place. Carefully stored wrapped in greaseproof
paper and stood on their end, some pears will
keep until Easter.