REWIND: A few months ago I ordered 2 boxes of large pears from an orchard down in Orem (Stratton Fruit Growers) and I got them last weekend. They were still VERY green and I noticed that some had wormhole scars on the outside. "No big deal," I thought. I'm sure they sprayed or did whatever to avoid worm problems. That was the last I had thought about it.
FAST FORWARD: About 1/2 the pears are ripe enough to can today. After cutting 6 pears in a row, I begin to curse the orchard. Why? Because this is what my fruit bowl looked like. How many little white maggot/worms do you see? I'll tell you, 7! Ok then, scrap that 1/3 of the box.
Don't believe me? See for yourself ... (warning, grossness is about to occur).
Some may say, oh, just cut around the bad part. I say - DISGUSTING! If it has any sort of worm or larvae in them, they are gone, chucked, disposed of, trashed. The whole thing! Seriously. Why would anyone think of using any part of a pear (or any fruit) knowing that it had a worm in it? Gross. Just plain GROSS.
It's a good thing I really like canning. Cause let's be honest, 3 hours of canning to yield only 6 jars of not-so-tightly packed fruit is frustrating. Here's to hoping the other box is better.