This once popular fruit is now more often grown for its aesthetic value than the gastronomic delight it can provide. But you will be missing a trick if you don't sample the fruit.
The edible part of the fruit has a consistency and taste akin to a mixture of apples and pears, with a hint of cinnamon and honey. If you haven't tasted one you haven't lived! Some people are put off by the thought of 'bletting', which means leaving the fruit to decay for a while after picking it, to enhance the flavour and texture, but it is worth doing. What till the flesh turn brown and softens. Straught off the tree they can be a little tart.
Mespilus Nottingham is a small, self-fertile deciduous tree with a flat top and an upright yet spreading habit, almost weeping. The large, leathery leaves colouring well in autumn, and pretty, cup-shaped blushed white flowers in spring, followed by the fruits, which at 4cm are smaller than other medlars but very tasty. With its gnarled bark, this is a tree giving all-round interest.
Use the fruits in jellies and preserves as well as eating raw.
A recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.
Pot Size: 12L
Height x Width: 8m x 8m, over 50 years
Preferred Soil Type: Any well-drained or moist but well-drained soil
Aspect: Full sun, any aspect and exposure
Flowering Period: May – June
Fruiting Period: October – November