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Tannic pears
Ripe pears are mouth drying
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Pupmom
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January 29, 2024 - 5:49 pm

What would cause ripe Bartlett pears, red and green, to be extremely tannic, and not sweet, even after peeling? I have 30 lbs that are inedible, but I don't want to waste them. 

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John S
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January 29, 2024 - 9:14 pm

Welcome to the forum.  Good question.  I wish I knew why.

John S
PDX OR

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Larry_G
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January 30, 2024 - 11:21 am

When I cook quince that can be very tannic, the astringency is removed.

This occurs even without lengthy boiling.

Try cooking or baking a couple of the pears.

I have never perceived bitterness in quince, some people are more susceptible to bitter sensations, if that is your problem with the pears.

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Chris M
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January 31, 2024 - 3:37 pm

Those pears sound like they would make good perry. Kinda like cider but made out of pears. This is a good video of the process.

Not sure why they are tannic though.

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jafar
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January 31, 2024 - 9:17 pm

Are you sure they are Bartlett?  Have you had pears from the same tree(s) that weren't tannic?

https://calag.ucanr.edu/archiv.....v011n02p10

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Reinettes
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February 9, 2024 - 3:16 pm

Pupmom,

I guess that I'd have to ask the same question:  "Are you sure that they are Bartlett pears?"  Was your pear from a reliable source that could be trusted to provide "the real thing?", or was it already on your property and you were told that it was a "Bartlett"?

I also agree with Chris M. that those pears sound like they'd be ideal for use in natural fermentation to make a traditional Perry (i.e., the pear equivalent of a traditional fermented apple cider).  

If the pears are unpalatable, and you have no interest in naturally fermented fruit beverages, you could just put them in a compost bin and replace the tree with an accurately labeled pear tree from a reliable source.  So sorry to hear about your disappointment when you got fruits!  Inaccurate identifications can be a tremendous frustration!  I've had a couple of apples like that after the patience of growing them to maturity.

Take heart, and start again. Smile

Best wishes,

Reinettes.

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