Royal Medlar

Medlar

Description: Royal is a compact variety, very useful for the smaller space. Though smaller in size to Nottingham the fruit of this variety has better flavour and is one of the few to be taken slightly seriously for fresh eating. 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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