Pears are harder to store than apples, because they have less time, resistance to temperature and humidity changes. Under the conditions of storage of these delicious autumn fruits, you can eat juicy pears filled with vitamins for a long time.
The best storage conditions are at about zero degrees and humidity - around 85%. The storage of pears should not be allow for rapid temperature changes in the room, as this causes the killing of droplets on the surface of the fruits and rapid deterioration.
Storing pears in areas with frost reduces their storage term. It also depends on the condition of the fruit and its maturity. You should store only the pears that are not ripe enough, but are no longer green.
Pears should be picked from the tree very carefully, without causing physical damage to the fruit. Handles should not break off as this reduces much shelf life of fruit. Fruits with removed handles begin to rot and have a chance not to survive even two weeks.
After being picked, pears are sorted by size, ripeness and fruits that have been hit or decayed in places are discarded or only the healthy parts are used for jam or compote.
Ready to store pears are arranged in boxes. The bottom and sides of the crate are covered with a clean paper. Pears are arranged with the handles up or sideways, do not let the pears touch the paper. Good pears are arranged in up to three lines.
It is best to store the pears in a well ventilated place. With good storage pears can last up to four months. Regularly inspect them, because some fruits can rot and damage others.