A pear cut in half.

Halved Pear


Chris has strong opinions about pears. Having tried many pears, there is only one good variety of pear: the Bartlett pear. All other pears are mealy and have a tough skin.

Here is how to cut a pear so you can enjoy the juicy explosion in your mouth that comes from a big bite, while not having to worry about seeds and stems.



  1. Cut pear in half lengthwise.
  2. Choose a metal measuring spoon (or melon baller) which fits the size if the fruit’s seed area and scoop out the seeds from each half.
  3. Use a knife to cut the stem out by making a triangular valley in each half. Repeat with the bottom of each half.


It can take a little trial and error to really dial in your understanding of when a pear is ripe. One common suggestion is to feel for a little softness near the stem. Eat enough pears though, and you’ll be able to tell just from sight and smell.