Pick delicious Pears right off the tree!
Located within a hour from the White Mountains, seacoast and downtown Boston, Londonderry home to four family owned farms has a variety of offerings in fruits and vegetables for you to Pick and enjoy. Mack’s Apples, Sunnycrest Farm, and Merrill’s Orchards offer fresh pears right off the tree, and right to your taste buds. Experience this beautiful New England town located in Southern New Hampshire.
Did you know…
Pear fruit is packed with health benefiting nutrients such as dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins which are necessary for optimum health. In addition, pear fruit is one of the very low calorie fruits, with just 58 calories per 100g. Just a few sections a day in the diet can bring significant reduction in weight and blood LDL cholesterol levels. Although not well documented, pears are among the least allergenic of all fruits and are therefore recommended by health practitioners as safe alternative in the preparation of food products for allergy sufferers. Pears have suggested being useful in treating colitis, chronic gallbladder disorders, arthritis and gout.
Ripen pears in a brown paper bag at room temperature. Pears are a member of the rose family. It is believed that people have been eating pears since the stone age. In the early 1700′s, pears were nicknamed “butter fruit” because of their soft, melting texture.
Pear Picking Facts
- Pears picked when slightly immature will ripen with better quality than pears that are over mature when picked.
- To tell if a pear is mature, a general rule of thumb is that, while still on the tree, most mature, ready to ripen pears will usually detach when “tilted” to a horizontal position from their usual vertical hanging position.
- To pick pears, grasp the fruit firmly and twist or roll it to make the stem separate from the tree.
Farms that have fresh U-Pick Pears in Londonderry:
Sunnycrest Farm, fields open 7 AM to noon
Merrill’s Farm, fields open daylight hours daily
Mack’s Apples, opens mid-August daily
Picking season generally starts in mid-August and ends in October.