‘Breda Giant’ MedlarMespilus germanica 12-20' Introduced in the Netherlands.
Cinnamon-flavored spicy fruit shaped like a large rose hip, just under 2" in diameter. Good eating when ripe, thin-skinned with applesauce-like texture. Very closely related to hawthorns.
Fruit cultivated in Europe and England since the Middle Ages or earlier, and still considered a culinary delight. One source recommends roasting in butter with citrus slices. Also makes good jelly, paste, chutney and “cheese.”
Fruit is hard when harvested after the first hard frost and must be bletted—allowed to ripen for several weeks in a cool place. Tastes best just before it turns mushy.
1-2" white flowers blushed with pink bloom May to June. Shiny green waxy leaves, a nice addition to the landscape. Begins bearing fruit 2-3 years after planting. One tree could bear 20 lbs of fruit once established.
Plant in well-drained fertile soil, 9-10' from other trees. Full sun. Native to southeast Europe and Iran. Self-fertile. Z4/5. Maine Grown. (2-5' bare-root trees)
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