Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600657


     Several  varieties of pears can be stored for fall  and
winter  use  in  a basement fruit cellar.   They  should  be
picked at optimum maturity when they are hard and the  color
has  changed from dark to pale green.   Select only  perfect
specimens for storage.                                      

     Pears  are very sensitive to temperature and should  be
stored  at 29  to 31 degrees Fahrenheit.   The storage  life
of  some  pears  can  be  one  third  longer  at  30 degrees
Fahrenheit than at  32  degrees Fahrenheit.   Also,  precise
temperature control is required to prevent freezing.        

     Pears  lose  moisture  rapidly.    For  storage,   wrap
individually  in tissue or newspaper and store in  cardboard
boxes lined with perforated plastic.                        

     Pears  ordinarily do not ripen at storage  temperatures
as do apples.   If pears are stored too long or at too  high
(above 85 degrees Fahrenheit  for most varieties, but as low
as 70 to 75  degrees  Fahrenheit  for Keiffers)  they   will
break down  without  ripening,  often becoming rotten inside
while the outside looks sound.                              

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