Early harvest pears have arrived! Kiddo loves pears but they always arrive less than ripe from the store. Instead of complaining about it, we turned our bag of underripe pears into a simple science project.
What you need:
- Underripe pears
- Paper bag
Put several of the pears in a bag with an apple and labeled it with the date. Leave the remaining pears out on the counter. Check the pears every day to see which ripens faster. Kiddo decided that the pears in the bag ripened one day sooner than those on the the counter. The difference becomes more pronounced the longer you let the pears ripen (if you can wait that long to eat them). In any case, he gobbled them up.
Oregon State U extension has some interesting facts about pear ripening (and why the apple in a bag method works) .
Extra Credit Reading:
Mr Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears is one of the funniest books in this easy reader series! My kids laugh and laugh as Mr. P. and Tabby slingshot pears over the fence.
Too Many Pears! I love this book about a pear-loving cow. You can get it in several bi-lingual editions, but oddly it is no longer available in just an English editions.
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