Outsmarting the bear by getting the pears first
It's not very often I can pat myself on the back about having gotten to the fruit first before the bears hit the tree. Once they're in on it, the tree gets broken and smashed, branches torn and ripped. Bears aren't very delicate about picking fruit. So last year the plum tree took a beating and this year the Bosque pear tree was covered with lovely fruit and I noticed some bear droppings around the vicinity. That was a warning they were checking it out, waiting for the sugar content to make it worth their while.
Bears get very hungry in the fall and they used to be able to fatten up on salmon that came up the river until the logging and floods ruined the fisheries. Now they hang around orchards and trash fruit trees trying to get the calories they need for winter.
This year I decided to pick the pears early. Pears are usually picked before they are dead ripe anyway and allowed to ripen indoors in a cool and dry place. I've got about two or three lugs now, enough to can some pear butter and to eat fresh and give away and I"m very pleased to have managed to save the tree and the pears for myself.
The pear butter is simple to make. Core and pare the pears, cook them to a consistency of applesauce and add spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar to taste and some orange juice or orange zest. It's delicious on toast or with a pork entre. Yummy!
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at September 16, 2010 7:25 AM