[NAFEX] Medlar advice
arboretum at homeorchardsociety.org
Sat Jan 10 19:54:02 EST 2009
i have a couple cultivars - Nottingham is very reliable, decent sized
fruit, but two others this year were outstanding:
Monstreuse d'Evreinoff - HUGE! no kidding, the most consistently big
medlars i've ever seen, most 2.5-3 inches diameter at least. good
flavor, bletted fairly quickly (7-10 days) on my kitchen windowsills.
available as scions from the corvallis NCG repository, or i could cut
you a little one.
Puciu Big - also nice sized and flavored, comparable to nottingham.
also from the corvallis repository.
Westerveld - wins the wimpy size award.
here's the deal: you can spread it on toast, or make a time-consuming
pudding, but you can only eat so many out of hand: there is no denying
that they have a pasty quality that gets old if fresh eating.
their fall color and flowers and small tree size are lovely qualities
though, i must admit...
oregon city, OR - zone 8a and wet
On Jan 10, 2009, at 3:19 PM, Ernest Plutko wrote:
> Every January I get strong desires to start gardening and buy
> mailorder plants. Way way to early but they'll come in May and I
> like ordering them. I have apple trees but I really don't like to
> eat apples. I think I will order medlar trees. Supposedly hardy to
> -35 F which might not be cold hardy enough here, but maybe. Medlars
> have a bad reputation for being yucky to eat, but maybe not. They
> are more of a bush and I can protect them during the winter. Any
> advice about their taste, hardiness and what variety to order.
> Zone 2/3.
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