I mentioned earlier this year that I was hoping for medlar flowers and fruit this year. And we’ve now got them! The flowers are opening right now, and there’s enough that hopefully a few “open-arse” fruits will stick around. Last year we got so close, but in the end only a couple of flowers opened and there were no delicious medlars to eat.
Medlars have a bit of a reputation as an acquired taste, but I don’t see it really. They do have tough skin and a few big seeds in the middle, but the flesh itself tastes a bit like a mixture of apple puree, oats and a hint of lemon juice.
You do have to blet them, but despite sensational descriptions, bletted is not the same as rotten. It’s just a bit overripe, in a similar way to eating that slightly wrinkled apple in the fruit bowl.
I can’t wait to scoop out home-grown pasty brown medlar flesh…