Marvellous Medlar tree

Medlars are an unattractive fruit, the name is rather rude in French !

Medlars were eaten commonly in England 100s of years ago because they provided something sweet in the winter.

Unusually you cannot eat a medlar straight from the tree , it has to be bletted. This is s process of letting it ripen slowly in the cool until it is soft and squishy and brown !

The Medlar tree originally comes from Persia and was eaten by the Greeks and Romans.

Maybe it will make a comeback !

Here is a lovely medlar tree I saw at Packwood House in Warwickshire this weekend.

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