Pick Your Own Pears: 5 Must-Know Tips for Pear Picking

Picture this: a sunny autumn day, a gentle breeze rustling through the leaves, and you, standing amidst a pear orchard, ready to pick your own pears. It’s a delightful experience that connects you with nature and rewards you with the freshest, juiciest pears you can imagine. 

If you’re eager to embark on this flavorful adventure, keep reading as we share key tips for picking your own pears. So, let’s dive right in.

1. Timing is Everything: The Pear’s Perfect Moment

Imagine you’re strolling through the orchard, and you come across a pear that looks like it’s been waiting just for you. It’s plump, it’s juicy, and it’s ready to make your taste buds do a happy dance. But how do you know it’s the right time to pick it? 

Well, my friend, here’s the secret handshake: give it a gentle lift, and if it separates from the tree with a little twist, you’ve got yourself a winner.

Now, here’s the thing: if you wait until that pear is as soft as your grandma’s pillow, it’s gonna turn into pear sauce very fast. So, be patient, pick it at the right time, and you’ll be rewarded with pear perfection.

2. Assess the Pear’s Condition: The Art of Picking Pretty Pears

Alright, you’ve nailed the timing, and you’ve found a pear that’s saying, “Hey there, pick me” But before you get all excited and pluck it off, let’s talk about its condition. We don’t want any sad, bruised pears in our basket, right?

So, take a good look at your potential pear pal. You want smooth, unblemished skin; none of that “I’ve been through a rough patch” stuff. Check out the stem too; a healthy pear should have a short, sturdy stem, like a proud little hat. If that stem looks like it’s seen better days, it might be a sign that your pear is past its prime.

Now, give it a gentle squeeze near the stem. A ripe pear should give a little, like a friendly handshake. If it’s as hard as a rock, it’s not ready. But if it feels squishy, you might have waited too long. We’re aiming for that sweet spot in between; firm yet yielding, just like the perfect pear should be.

3. The Art of the Twist: Picking Pears the Right Way

So, you’ve spotted a pear that’s in its prime: firm but not too firm, and it’s looking pretty as a picture. Now, it’s time to work your magic and pick it the right way. And by that, we mean the “Art of the Twist.”

Picture yourself cradling that pear in your hand, like you’re holding a precious gem. Give it a gentle upward twist: not too hard, not too soft, just right. If it comes off with ease, congratulations, you’ve got yourself a well-picked pear.

Why the twist, you ask? Well, pears are delicate creatures. If you yank them off like you’re trying to win a tug-of-war, you might end up with a bruised and battered fruit. Nobody wants that. So, remember the twist and your pears will thank you by staying fresh and delicious.

4. Opt for a Variety of Pears: The Pear-tastic Mix

Now that you’re armed with the wisdom of timing and the knack for assessing a pear’s condition, it’s time to spice things up a bit. Sure, Bartlett pears are like the Beatles of the pear world: classic and beloved. But why stop there when you can have a whole pear-tastic mix?

Think about it. The world of pears is vast, my friend. There’s Anjou, Bosc, Comice, Seckel, and a bunch of others waiting to be discovered. Each one brings its own flavor to the pear party; from sweet and juicy to slightly tangy and firm. It’s like having a pear buffet right in your backyard!

So, when you’re out in that orchard, don’t limit yourself to one pear variety. Mix it up! Grab a bit of this, a bit of that, and create a symphony of pear flavors that will dazzle your taste buds.

5. Store and Enjoy Your Pears: From Orchard to Table

You’ve conquered the orchard, you’ve handpicked the best pears, and now it’s time to savor the fruits of your labor. But wait, there’s a trick to keeping those pears at their peak of perfection.

First things first, let your pears hang out in a cool, dry spot at room temperature for a few days. This gives them a chance to ripen up a bit more. If you’re in a hurry to get your pear party started, toss them in a paper bag with a ripe banana or apple. It’s like the pear version of a speed-dating event.

Once your pears have reached the ripeness level of your dreams, pop them in the fridge. That’ll slow down the ripening process and buy you some extra time to enjoy them. Remember, ripe pears can be the star of your snacks, salads, or desserts. From pear pies to pear crisps, the possibilities are endless.

Champlain Orchards: Your Pear Paradise

Now, let’s dive into the world of Champlain Orchards, your one-stop destination for all things pear-related (and then some). We’re not just an orchard; we’re a pear paradise that’s been around for ages, proudly growing over 175 varieties of fruits that include apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, nectarines, and berries.

Our commitment to ecologically grown and certified fruits is not just a buzzword; it’s our way of life. We want the best for the soil and for you, which is why all our fruits are either ecologically grown and third-party certified by the IPM institute or organically grown and certified by VOF.

But we’re not stopping there; we’re all about sustainability. Our farm is almost entirely powered by the sun, because why not harness the power of those golden rays? Plus, in 2020, we acquired Douglas Orchards in Shoreham, expanding our orchard family even further.

Today, Champlain Orchards manages a whopping 300 acres of fruit trees. That’s right, 300 acres of pure pear (and other fruit) goodness. We’re not just growing fruit; we’re a vital part of our local food system, and we can’t wait to share our passion with you.


Picking your own pears is a delightful and rewarding experience that brings you closer to nature and provides you with the freshest, most flavorful fruit. If you’re looking for an orchard that embodies these principles and offers a wide array of fruits, Champlain Orchards is your go-to destination. 

Come visit us and embark on your own pear-picking adventure. We can’t wait to share our orchards with you.

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