I've been living in my house for quite some time, and have a pear tree in the backyard. I've never really eaten the pears. They're not a fruit I'm that into, but they're not offensive to me. I just never went out there, and picked them. I always left them for the squirrels (they seem to love them). This year I decided that I would try them...and they're terrible. First, they are about half the size of your average Kroger pear, but they are falling off the tree at that size, so I have to assume that it is their ripened state. Secondly, they are hard as hell. Third, they are not juicy at all. Before you ask - Yes! I'm sure that it is a pear tree So why do my pears suck? Is this the way all 'wild' pears are? As it is, I'm leaving them for the squirrels.