Mespilus germanica ‘Nottingham’ – Medlar

Mespilus germanica ‘Nottingham’ is a variety of medlar.  The tree has an ornamental habit with twisting stems and dark green foliage.  It produces white flowers in the spring.  The fruit has an apple\pear flavour.  Mespilus germanica ‘Nottingham’ fruit will be ready in the autumn, but it will be hard and sour.  On smaller trees, it is wise to leave the fruit in situ and they will naturally mellow to a dark brown colour and the flesh will soften.  On larger trees, it is recommended to pick the fruits and store them until they ripen.

The fruits are ripe when they are squeezed and the flesh is revealed looking like apple sauce.  Mespilus germanica ‘Nottingham’ can also be used for making sauces, jellies and even marmalade.

Mespilus germanica – Medlar

Mespilus germanica is a small deciduous medlar tree with long leathery leaves, which turn golden yellow\brown in the autumn.  It produces white flowers in the summer.

Mespilus germanica fruits resemble small apples, which are hollow at one end.  They are hard and bitter, so the fruit should be eaten when they have softened (bletted), preferably after a frost.

A popular fruit historically as a fruit that could be consumed during the winter months.  The fruits can be made into preserves and jellies.

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