GRANA here; This is the time of year fresh pears are in season & availble at more reasonable prices ( $.79# this week for choice of 3 varieties) Unfortunately they arrive& are sold as hard as rocks. I guess this method allows more fruit to be hipped w/o arriving bruised & unapealingning...Hereis a method for gettingthem ready to eat before springtime;Stone fruit( peaches,plums , apricots) can beplaced w/ a few apples into a paper bag.....tightly rol the top of the bag, , Let it it sit on the counter & the fruit will ripen a lot faster .In a cool room, they will usually be eady to wash& eat in 3 days. In a wamer room 2 days might b enough time.Itried i /avocados& bananas and it worked w/ them too.The only real problem is that you cannot see inside the closed bag & you might forget to check by the timethe fruit is ripened enough to eat; leadng to over-ripe spoiled fruit.Jut make sure yo check daily & you ll find yo have ripe fresh fruit faster than tan yu expected oreven thoughpossible.
Your COST: onlyafew minutesaday; nothing aditional to buy.You probably already have a paper bag & few apples in your home?
As an experiment;I putone pearin thepaper bag lef t2 on the counter. In days, the bagged ears ar e almost ripe& theothertwo are stil stone hard & inedible!