Medlar treesMedlars are unusual orchard fruits, primarily for cooking. The blossom and trees also have ornamental appeal.
How to choose Medlar trees
Medlars are an unusual fruit species, distantly related to pears and hawthorns, but with fruit that vaguely resembles crab-apples. They are hardy, and easy to grow provided you have a sunny spot.
All medlars are self-fertile, and can be expected to fruit when the tree is 3-4 years old.
Medlars make attractive trees, with large ornamental flowers in spring, and often attractive leaf colours in autumn.
The fruits, which resemble small russet apples, are primarily used for fruit preserves, but can also be eaten fresh. They should be picked when nearly ripe, and then stored in a fridge or ripened indoors in a fruit bowl. When fully ripe remove the skin and eat the soft flesh or use in the kitchen. Medlars have a rich luscious texture when cooked.