How Harry & David Grows the Juiciest Pears
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How Harry & David Grows the Juiciest Pears

Here at Harry & David, pears are our business. We’re committed to providing the best, freshest, and tastiest fruit. We believe that a degree of attention to quality makes all the difference, which is why we still pick all of our pears by hand. We use only the most pristine and perfect pears in our gifts and fruit deliveries. Even the smallest blemish can reduce a pear’s value. If a stem pierces another pear, or if there’s a fingernail mark, the pear is unsuitable for use in our fresh fruit gifts. We donate pears with imperfections to local food pantries.
An old machine for moving pears from crates to conveyer belts.

Decades ago, we used machines like this to move pears from crates to the conveyor belts where they were sorted.

Our high standards can make transporting pears something of a challenge. Decades ago, we used machines like the one pictured above to move pears from crates to the conveyor belts where they were sorted. Today, we actually use a water flume to float the pears out of the bins. That way, fewer pears are damaged during transportation.
Today, we actually use a water flume to float the pears out of the bins.

Today, we actually use a water flume to float the pears out of the bins.

Using this method, fewer pears are damaged during transportation.

Using this method, fewer pears are damaged during transportation.

Our pears are picked when they’re mature but not yet ripe and are then placed in cold storage for 28 days. The refrigeration simulates the cooling temperatures of autumn, which causes the sugars in the pears to become concentrated, resulting in sweeter, more delicious fruit. It’s a necessary process in cultivating these juicy delicacies.
The final step before pears are shipped

If you look closely, you may find the Lost Ark boxed up among the pears.

The exact combination of conditions, timing, and temperature are what make our pears so much sweeter, juicier, and more flavorful than any other variety of pear—that and the thorough effort our experts put into cultivating and picking this remarkable gift from nature. So order a pear delivery today. Our sweet, nutritious fruit is the perfect complement to all manner of sweet and savory treats.
The exact combination of conditions, timing, and temperature are what make our pears so much sweeter, juicier, and more flavorful than any other variety of pear.

The exact combination of conditions, timing, and temperature are what make our pears so much sweeter, juicier, and more flavorful than any other variety of pear.

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Dalia
    December 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Is the fruit in your monthly delivery package “certified organic”?
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Reply
      Harry & David Team
      December 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Dear Dalia,

      Yes! We offer our Organic Fruit Club Collection with delicious certified organic selections. Click here to see what fruit is included.

      The fruit in our Organic Clubs are grown, harvested and packed in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program. Top quality, gourmet organic fruits are exactly what you can expect from these shipments. In fact, you will find a label that we ship with our fruit to let you and your recipients know that you can guarantee to be biting into fresh, juicy, and organic fruit!

      If there is anything more that we may be of assistance with, please feel free to contact us again.

      At your service,
      The Harry & David Team

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