Medlars

Medlars on Quince A. Related to pears, medlars are unusual fruits and the trees are highly decorative. No pruning is required apart from making an initial framework as they fruit on old spurs and new wood.

Some thinning of branches may be necessary.

Fruit is usually ready for picking at the end of October, but dessert quality must be “bletted” for two or three weeks to soften the fruit and make it platable. For jelly, fruit must be well ripened.

NB: “Bletted” means storing until soft.

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