Can anyone identify this fruit from a tree?

(14 Posts)
gutrotwein Sun 20-Sep-15 20:33:45

Please?

BestIsWestOfGallifrey Sun 20-Sep-15 20:34:58

Is it a medlar?

zoemaguire Sun 20-Sep-15 20:35:04

I'd say quince.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Sun 20-Sep-15 20:35:25

It's a medlar.

BoreOfWhabylon Sun 20-Sep-15 20:35:57

Medlar

zoemaguire Sun 20-Sep-15 20:36:23

Ah no, i reckon medlar is right sorry!

ReedBunting Sun 20-Sep-15 20:36:26

definitely medlar

gutrotwein Sun 20-Sep-15 21:12:48

Thanks guys - definitely a medlar (not that I'd ever heard of one before!). Have now googled it and will eagerly await ripening of fruit in the winter!

TheSpottedZebra Sun 20-Sep-15 21:20:39

It is a medlar. It looks like a cat's arse and in fact it used to be called that in days of yore (not exact historical period).

But you don't pick them ripe. Do they even go ripe? You pick them hard, and left them decompose soften a bit. It's called bletting. They make nice jelly, of the sort that you'd add to meats or eat with cheese.

shovetheholly Mon 21-Sep-15 08:57:21

Just to second what Zebra says - the unripe fruits are dangerous. Leave them on the tree til after the first frost - then make sure they are really rotten before using them. Watch the seeds too - you don't want to eat many of them, as they are poisonous too.

ProfYaffle Mon 21-Sep-15 09:06:03

Ooh, lucky you! Loads of recipes here Medlar fudge is nice though it's not a true fudge, more like a fruit butter but still nice.

echt Mon 21-Sep-15 09:43:38

It's called an open-arse in "Romeo and Juliet. I had fun explaining that to my class this year.grin

PfftTheMagicDraco Mon 21-Sep-15 10:07:30

make sure they are really rotten before using them. Watch the seeds too - you don't want to eat many of them, as they are poisonous too.

What a delightful food grin

gutrotwein Tue 22-Sep-15 23:04:28

You can rest assured I will be bletting in the autumn!
Thanks for all your advice, links, etc. Will try not to poison anyone.

smile

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