Nottingham Medlar

Medlar

Description: Nottingham is an attractive small tree, flat topped, with a spreading semi-weeping habit. Even when quite young the tree takes on a picturesque and architectural appearance. The flowers are large and pure white and the large leathery leaves turn a lovely russet-copper colour in autumn. The small russet fruits can be eaten when fully ripe, great flavours! Best eaten with wine, port and cheese, or made into excellent jelly. 'Quiets the heated stomach'. This old saying has been scientifically supported by findings that shows pectins, sugars, tannins and gums in medlars to be an ideal combination for easing indigestion.

Medlar Growing Tips: They thrive in deep, fertile well-drained soil but will tolderate most soil types. They will do best in a warm, sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Recommend pruning in the winter to maintain its healthy shape, good fruiting and flowering. When picked, the fruit should be stored in sawdust in stone jars until soft (bletting).

Attributes

  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Eating
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Picking month: October
  • Any UK district

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