QuestionsHow to growFruitPearsConference Pear problems 0 Vote Up Vote Down pauline murphy asked 6 years ago What causes hard woody bits in pear fruit? How to avoid? 1 Answers 0 Vote Up Vote Down Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago Pears contain stone cells, that feel gritty. It is part of the taste/mouth feel of the fruit. They are less obvious if the fruit is picked as soon as ready, and it allowed to soften reasonably before eating.