[NAFEX] Medlars

Lee Reich garden at leereich.com
Mon Nov 5 04:52:02 EST 2007

I often find my medlars already bletted on my tree in winter. I think  
that they dry out a bit too much when bletted undeer these condition.  
Fruit quality is then not as good as those harvested and bletted  
indoors in a cool room.

Lee Reich, PhD

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On Nov 4, 2007, at 11:49 PM, Lon J. Rombough wrote:

> Had a surprise today.  I went to check my medlars and found that a  
> fair number had already bletted on one of the tree medlar trees I  
> have.  They are all the same variety, "Nottingham".  That was the  
> first time that has happened here.  Usually the fruits drop before  
> they blet.  Another aspect of the different weather, apparently.   
> There weren't any marks or indications of injury that might have  
> sped up the process, either.   The flavor seemed more intense than  
> the usual ones, bletted off the tree.   If there was a way to breed  
> for "tree ripened" medlars, it could be useful.  No storing or  
> bletting needed, just process the picked fruit into pulp immediately.
> -Lon Rombough
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