Harvesting Medlars

This weekend I harvested the medlars on our tree.

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  • Medlars can be harvested at the end of October and through November.
  • Once harvested the fruit should be left in a box in a cool dry place until they turn a dark reddish brown and become soft and juicy.
  • This ripening process is known as “bletting” the medlars.
  • When the medlars are ripe the fruit can be used to make medlar jam, jelly, wine or cheese.

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  1. I made medlar jelly lasy year, it is gorgeous and I recommend you try it. We use it with any, yes, any roast meat, very, very scrummy. Sadly I have no medlars this year so may ask on recycle if anyone has any??Comment by Libby – November 8, 2007 @ 8:03 am
  2. Hi Libby, Thanks so much for recommending medlar jelly. I look forward to making it when the medlars are ripe. Any tips would be useful. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Sara @ farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – November 8, 2007 @ 8:42 am
  3. Hi SaraI LONG for a medlar tree, because Libby’s quite right, medlar jelly is wonderful with roast meat – esp venisonLooking forward to hearing about your version.

    Joanna

    Comment by Joanna – November 8, 2007 @ 9:12 am

  4. Hi Joanna, I was lucky enough to inherit the medlar tree. Thanks for the tip about serving medlar jelly with venison. I like venison so I will certainly be trying that.
    Thanks for dropping by and commenting. sara @ farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – November 8, 2007 @ 9:53 am
  5. Oh you are so lucky to have a medlar tree. I have never even seen one around here!Comment by Cottage Smallholder – November 12, 2007 @ 8:58 am
  6. Hi Cottage Smallholder,
    I had never seen a medlar until I came to the farm four years ago. I look forward to making medlar jelly.
    Thanks for your comment and visit. Sara from farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – November 12, 2007 @ 6:03 pm