[NAFEX] Cornus mas

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu May 28 15:40:42 EDT 2009

Don't know if I'd call it bletting.  It's more of a reducing of the 
acid.  The fruit seems to be best after it falls from the tree and sits 
for a day or so.  It's still a fresh fruit, but the acid has decreased, 
making it sweeter and less astringent.  I've read that in eastern 
Europe such "after ripened" fruit is selected for making a liquer that 
is highly prized.
-Lon Rombough
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On May 28, 2009, at 12:34 PM, Stephen Sadler wrote:

I hadn't heard about bletting before preserving. Does everyone here who
makes C mas preserves do that?  Is the process and result the same as 
Medlar - or do they dry more?

~ Stephen

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I have many unselected (from Bear Creek) Cornus mas that reliably bear
fruit heavily every year without fail.  As long as you allow them to
become bletted they make tremendous preserves, & all my eastern
european friends go crazy over the preserves.  Mine all took about 4-5
years to begin bearing.  They do get a bit of anthracnose on the trees
but it doesn't seem to effect the vigor of the trees.

I'm in z4b SW Wisconsin.


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