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Medlars

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:59 pm
by SteveC
We've been given a large bag of medlars and are wondering what to do with them.
Does anyone have any historical recipes? We do ECW so we'd been looking in the ~1580 to ~1650 time period.

Thanks

Steve

Re: Medlars

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:26 pm
by 40/- freeholder
Medlar jelly is divine & period. Be sure to let the medlars blett first to get the most juice & flavour.

Re: Medlars

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:43 pm
by Gail Horn
Blett?? Elucidate, please - not that I know anything about what to do with medlars, it's just the word that I don't know.

Re: Medlars

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:36 pm
by sally
blett just means to soften by almost-but-not-quite rotting. Its one stage on from, for example, an apple going a bit soft and squashy

Re: Medlars

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:34 pm
by Brother Ranulf
Old Norse blett, past participle of the verb blanda (to mix or blend), so "blended". Mushy might be another translation.

Re: Medlars

Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:30 pm
by Gail Horn
Thanks! So that will be referring to most of the fruit and veg that my offspring don't like then, and don't eat... :D

Re: Medlars

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:26 pm
by FionaDowson
Isn't there something about medlars on the Ch 4 series the Tudor Monastery Farming thingy? Keep longer than plums apparently