These are NOT Bartlett pears....these are Sand Pears.
They are ready to be picked; Millie has a tree and graciously shares it with me.
You can't eat these fresh from the tree; it is like biting into wood-hard and grainy.
The peel feels like sand is under his skin. They are hard and never soften until they are over-ripe and rotten. It was hard to make friends with this fruit until I learned how to use them!
You cut off the top and bottom and peel the skin off and cut the sides from the core...
...a lot of times,
So that you have a nice pile of chunks,
You place them in a pan with a little water and sugar and simmer like you would for fresh applesauce...
You will end up with a delightful pear-ish tasting sauce that is delicious warm or cold!
Nice to enjoy a regional harvest!
What fresh fruit are you enjoying now?