The medlar is a fruit of the roseaceae family which grows wild in the temperate regions of Europe.
The fruit is small, round and dark brown in colour – it is unique in that the seed vessels are visible from the outside as the fruit resembles a cup.
The medlar ripens late in the year and is not ready to be eaten until it is ‘bletted’ or half-rotten, a process which takes from 2 to 3 weeks from the time the fruit was picked. The medlar then has a pleasant taste of wine.
When the seeds are removed, medlars make delicious jam.