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Strange freeze damage to pears

Posted by ltilton 5 (My Page) on
Tue, May 22, 12 at 15:08

This seems to be the pear equivalent of frost rings on the apples. Instead of rings, the pears developed cracks from the stem end. Later, the red skin peeled off starting with the cracks, leaving a brown corky surface.

The pears are alive and growing. When I cut one open, it looks fine on the inside. Question is - will they be edible with that skin?

Has anyone seen this kind of damage? It's new to me.

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RE: Strange freeze damage to pears

Actually, I've seen that before on my Bartlett -- in the end, those damaged spots become sort of hard, brown cork calloused areas. Most of the pear will be fine, but not too pleasant to bite into, so just cut them out when you eat it. If the entire skin becomes calloused and russetted, you may need to peel before eating.

RE: Strange freeze damage to pears

That's sure how it seems to be developing.

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