Sarah Krause, a Gen X mom consultant and freelance writer based in Kansas City, said that most moms she has visited with find pears appealing but sometimes frustrating.
Krause said that moms can’t always seem to find that “perfect pear,” between unripe and overripe.
Some moms would like retailers or shippers to put “ripe and ready” stickers on the fruit so they know when to buy them, she said.
“The good news for the pear industry is that people just plain like pears,” Krause said.
Moms like to buy pears in a rotation with apples, bananas and seasonal fruit.
“Pears are a fruit that most kids like because of their mild flavor,” she said.
Besides the admonition to maximize careful handling to avoid off-putting bruised fruit, Krause also advises that retailers could do a better job with consumer education about both pear varieties and the nutritional benefits of pears.