How come pears -- versatile and delicious in so many recipes, and with more fiber, potassium, and folate than apples -- don't get more attention? In Season: Pears' peak season begins in late summer and lasts through January. They are available year-round in many markets. What to Look For: Pears vary in color depending on the variety, from green-yellow Comice and pink-blushed Bartletts to pebbly copper-brown Boscs. Choose pears that are firm with no soft spots or blemishes. How to Store: Pears are unique in that they are best when picked unripe and then allowed to ripen off the tree. Choose hard pears and leave on a counter to ripen. A pear ripens from inside out, so check for ripeness at the thinner stem end -- the flesh should yield to gentle pressure. Once completely ripe, transfer pears to the refrigerator and use within two to three days.