Mispels (fruits)

Fruits of the Mespilus Germanica (European medlar), 1 kg

Article number: FOODbazar Classics

Pay attention! Very limited and only available in season (somewhere in October).

Our medlar are from our own cultivation, they never get (artificial) fertilizer and are not sprayed with anything, but we cannot call them organic, because then we have to pay € 1250 annually for a certificate.

The medlar is full of vitamin C and is good for the stomach and for digestion.

Dry, small, hard, golden-brown fruits are formed, which are ripe in October, but still indestructible, floury and sour. After the first night frosts they become soft and brown and then they can be eaten after a while. It is recommended to pick them in October or November after a night frost and store them for two to three weeks with the top downwards in a cool place. The fruit becomes 'fair', whereby the color changes from green / white to dark brown through a fermentation process and the taste becomes sweet. It is also possible to place the fruits in the freezer for a few days, after which they can be eaten. For some, the medlar is a treat. So the saying: "As bad as a medlar" actually means a treat. If the medlar is soft, it can only be kept for a few days, because then it can easily mold and really rot.

In the Netherlands, mispels are occasionally for sale at markets and at specialist vegetable stores. The loquat ( Eriobotrya japonica ) or Japanese medlar is a related species that is also sold as medlar .


[source: wikipedia]

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