The Medlar

The Medlar belongs to the Rosaceae family. It is a very old fruit well known in Europe as far back as the Middle Ages. The fruits ripen late and should be stored until soft or ‘bletted’ and eaten from about Mid November onwards. In Victorian times they were often eaten at the end of a meal accompanied with a glass of port. The fruits can also be made into jelly.

The medlar was mentioned in the Shakespeare play Romeo & Juliet:

Now will he sit under a medlar tree,
And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit
As maids call medlars, when they laugh alone,
O Romeo, that she were, O that she were
An open-arse and thou a poperin pear!