Hard off-white-ish gritty grains in(or under) the skins of pears; what are they?

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lemonstar

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They look like bits of broken teeth and are just as hard - I only really buy Conference pears so I don't know if it is specific to that variety or not - I doubt it. I certainly want to avoid biting them as they are so hard - I've found some that are a good 2mm in size - they are quite irregular in shape.
The rest of you... keep banging the rocks together.

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When pears are stressed they develop more Sclereids aka stone cells, they may not do the same thing in a normal year. So fingers crossed for this year...
Lesley x
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jaydig

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I had this problem with my pears in 2018, I think it was the extreme heat, although I did try to keep the trees well watered at the base.  Hopefully it won't happen this year.



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