Ripen at room temperature, faster in a paper bag, slower in refrigerator. Mature pears can hold in the coldest part of refrigerator about 2 months before slowly ripening. All pears are hand-picked as they bruise easily. Handle pears with care. Thumb Test for indicating ripeness: apply gentle thumb pressure on neck of pear to check for slight give. Not a fan of soft, grainy texture of ripe pears? Eat them more green when have a crunchier texture similar to an apple.