Green D’Anjou (Anjou) pears are recognizable for their egg-shaped appearance; they have a larger spherical lower portion that begins a gradual taper above the mid-point to a narrower rounded top. Additionally, they are recognizable because their skin color is bright green, and sometimes has a soft red blush.
The Anjou is truly an all-purpose pear. They are juicy when ripe, and their subtle sweetness hints at a refreshing lemon-lime flavor. Their dense flesh holds up well in heated applications like baking, poaching, roasting, or grilling. They are also delicious when sliced fresh in salads or eaten as an out-of-hand snack.
Ripen Anjou pears at room temperature. Once ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator, where the ripening process will be slowed for a few more days.The most important thing to know about Anjou pears is that they DO NOT change color as they ripen; they will remain green even when fully ripe.
Harvest for Green Anjou pears begins in the fall and they arrive in produce departments in late September.
Uses: Fresh, Baking, Cooking, Poaching, Beverages, Salads, Anjou pears can be served in desserts and appetizers, but also make a great addition to savory dishes (such as pizza) as well.
Storing Pears: If the pears are ripe, they can be utilized right away or refrigerated to slow further ripening. If they need to be ripened, the one thing you need to do is leave them at room temperature. Some people place them in a paper bag to help them ripen faster. Be sure to check them daily so they don’t get overripe. Once they are ripened, pears will generally keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Unripe fruit can generally be kept for a week or more, however, pears will not ripen properly inside the fridge.
Ripening Pears: Pears are a unique fruit in that they ripen best off the tree. As such, pears are transported when they’re fully mature, but not always ripe. This assures that pears you buy are in good condition to properly ripen them at home after you buy them. Pears need to ripen at room temperature, so leave them on the kitchen counter or on the dining room table. Placing your pears in a paper bag will help them ripen faster. Be sure to check them daily so they don’t get overripe. Add apples or bananas to speed up the process, as ripening fruit naturally gives off ethylene, so more ethylene in the air around the pear will help speed ripening. Place ripe pears in the refrigerator to slow further ripening. Because they ripen from the inside out, the best way to check for ripeness is to “check the neck.” To do this, gently press near the stem with your thumb. When it gives to gentle pressure it is ripe, juicy, and ready to eat. If you wait until the pear is soft around the middle, then it will be overripe.