Saturday, 12 November 2016

medlar on medlar street

Blet - a state of softness or decay in certain fruits, such as the medlar, brought about by overripening.
Bletting is a process of softening that certain fleshy fruits undergo, beyond ripening. There are some fruits that are either sweeter after some bletting,  or  are eaten raw only after bletting, such as medlars.
Ripe medlars, for example, are taken from the tree and spread on some type of absorptive material (such as straw, sawdust, or bran) somewhere cool, and allowed to ripen for several weeks.

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