Medlar's were popular in Victorian times, often being eaten as a delicacy, a little bit like figs are today. The Medlar tree is known for its beautiful blossom. Indeed, after the war local councils gave them out to beautify the countryside. Today, they have become a forgotten fruit. Medlars can be used to make a delicious Medlar Jelly which is both sharp and sweet and complements roast meats, ham and pork pies. Westonbirt Arboretum are currently collecting medlars to raise money for the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. They will be used by the company Tracklements to make Medlar Jelly which will then be sold in the Arboretum's gift shop with 50p from each sale going to the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
So if you have a drop of Medlar's that you won't be using do pop across to Westonbirt and drop them off!
Posted by Naomi at www.cotswoldfamilyholidays.com