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Sleepy Pears?

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johnk | 16:11 Sun 28th Aug 2022 | Food & Drink
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What does it mean when a recipe mentions ripe pears or even some that are'"sleepy"?


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I'd never heard the term but found this:
"Pears, interestingly, ripen from the inside out making them one of the few fruits that are actually better picked when still hard. They do need to mature on the tree, though, with most varieties ready when you lift the fruit sideways and the stem breaks, but if left to fully ripen on the branch, they start to brown from the core and become mealy in texture; pears such as these are referred to as ‘sleepy’.";PC=U531
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Thanks Barry, so they're over ripe a bit.
Yes, when they have, to me, an unpleasant almost woolly texture. Like chewing cotton wool.

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