Ripen pears at room temperature in a sealed plastic bag with a couple of ripe bananas. When the pear is ripe, refrigerate until you are ready to eat it.
Named for its brilliant crimson color, the Starkrimson is a beautiful red pear that originally occurred as a “sport”, or a spontaneous mutation. It was discovered in Missouri as a branch of red pears growing on a tree of Clapp’s Favorite (a green pear, not produced commercially in the Northwest). The discovery was made in the early 1950’s. (Source: Pear Bureau Northwest)
In The Odyssey, the Greek poet Homer calls pears a "gift of the gods."
Early colonists brought the first trees to America where they thrived until blights became severe. Most pears are now grown west of the Rockies where diseases are less of a problem.