Who knew but this is true. I feel a bit on the dumb side because we have a pear tree. We usually throw the pears to the goats because they never seem to ripen. Our pears are always like baseballs. Wow!
According to Produce Pete and several ladies of our home school co-op, this is indeed true. This also makes the fruit easier to ship. Unripe baseballs can be boxed up and shipped before they ripen. I thought this was interesting with avocados. Fruit picked early in the season take longer to ripen. As the season goes on and the fruit matures, it ripens faster once off the tree. Some farms actually will store the fruit on the trees until they did produce to ship. When they need an order filled, they pick the avocados.
I can’t wait for next year’s pears. This time, I am going to pick them and watch them ripen. Our goats may be broken hearted, because they really like pears.
Here is a link to the article on Pete’s Produce: http://www.producepete.com/shows/avocado.html