[NAFEX] Medlars as pest free fruit

Karen Tillou arboretum at homeorchardsociety.org
Thu Nov 22 12:41:07 EST 2007

i've got the same situation on my medlars in OR too, no bugs. none  
either on medlars i've grown up in the san juan islands in NW  
washington state.
their biggest bummer is when you take them to a farmers market, and  
spend all 5 hours of the market answering the same questions, telling  
the same "medlar in a nutshell" story, and only 5 people buy 10  
medlars all told.  a bit frustrating from the sales perspective.  one  
woman kept repeating how she had only heard of them "literarily" from  
reading chaucer.  she didn't buy any.
i need to come up with some good, simple recipes to do some value  
adding.  has anyone ever dried a bletted medlar?
eat well today,

oregon city, or zone 8a and wet

On Nov 21, 2007, at 5:39 PM, Lon J. Rombough wrote:

> In connection with the discussion on medlars a while back I've been  
> checking my own and those of a couple other sources and have noted  
> that around here in Oregon the fruits seem to be free of insect  
> pests.  No codling moth, no apple maggot or any other insect of  
> pome fruits seems to bother them.  That's probably related to the  
> hard, astringent "non bletted" flesh.  I'd like to hear from others  
> growing medlars to know if that holds true elsewhere.
> -Lon Rombough
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