Compatibility & Temperature
Called “Summer Pears” because of the time of year in which their harvest begins, Red Bartlett and other red summer pears like the Red Gold Pear, Red Silk Pear, and the Rosi Red are similar in shape and texture to Yellow Bartletts. Offering differing floral aromas and a supple sweetness, Summer Reds add a beautiful contrast of flavor and color in fruit baskets and bowls.
The Red Bartlett pear carries a true pyriform "pear shape;" a rounded bell on the bottom half of the fruit, then a definitive shoulder with a smaller neck or stem end. Just as Yellow Bartletts change color while ripening, so do Red Bartletts; changing from a dark red often with light vertical striping to become a beautiful bright red. As they ripen, Red Bartletts offer differing flavors and textures, starting crunchy and tart when under ripe, and finishing super sweet and juicy when fully ripened.
Pears actually ripen best off the tree. They are harvested for long-term controlled atmosphere storage when firmness reaches between 15 and 19.5 pounds depending on variety. The fruit’s picking window is anywhere 4 to 10 days depending on the variety and weather during the harvest season.
Pears are stored in precooled rooms; if pears are to be shipped and packed soon after harvest, forced air cooling is used. Optimal storage temperatures are from 30o to 32oF (- 1o to 0oC) with 90 to 95% relative humidity; freezing temperatures are 29o to 28oF (-1.5o to 2oC). Treating with ethylene (100 ppm) for a day or two can substitute for cold storage (4 to 8 weeks at optimum tem- perature and humidity) in enhancing ripening. Optimum conditions for ripening are 59o to 72oF (15o to 22oC), 90 to 95% relative humidity and CO2 below 1%.
Sources: Texas A&M University & Virginia Cooperative Extension, UC Davis Postharvest website, Washington State University
Good arrival guidelines in the United States permit 15% total average defects, 8% serious defects, and 3% decay upon arrival at contract destination after five days in transit.
In Canada, guidelines permit 15% total defects allowed by grade, 10% total permanent defects, 5% maximum for any single permanent defect, 10% maximum for any single condition defect, and 5% maximum decay.
Recommended transit temp is 32oF.
Sources: DRC, PACA, USDA
Serving Size 1/2 cup (125g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0Calories 60
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 0% Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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