Monday, July 13, 2015

Bletting Your Medlars

Adding to my vocabulary, courtesy of my current book.

For those of you who don't wish to look up the words yourself, a medlar is an Old World fruit that isn't fit to eat until it is overripe. Thus, to blet your medlars is to allow them to stay on the tree until they are nearly over-ripe, at which point you can eat them. In the US, eaters of persimmons can tell you the importance of bletting.


Brigid said...

Non-bletted persimmons are NASTY :-)

Old NFO said...

Didn't know that. Thanks! :-)

Bob said...

@Brigid: We had a persimmon tree in our yard in Florida when I was a kid. My dad would eat them, but none of the rest of the family would, so the majority of the fruit was eaten by wasps and bees after it fell from the tree. As a general rule, you only ever eat an unripe persimmon once, then you learn to blet them or ignore them. :)