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Medlar : Popular 18th Century Persian Fruit

The Covergirl of the 2008 January - February California Rare Fruit Growers's journal "Fruit Gardener," the Medlar is a fruit in the rose family that must be over-ripened almost to the point of rotting to reach its peak of flavor. It is This process is called bletting. I've been hearing about these fruits and was finally treated to the sight of one, yesterday. The fruit that I tried was only half-bletted, ripe in its core as you can see from the photos. The taste was totally unique, but seemed to embody the sense of winter. A soft, rich, brown, tinged with holiday spice, the Medlar reminded me of medieval mid-winter revelry that I've never even taken part of.

Check these things out, so strange...