When Danny brought medlars for the first time I was absolutely flabbergasted. I had no idea what they look like, but strangely I guessed what they were. Medlars are the most intriguing looking fruits. Although not quite an apple, the apple looking fruits are very hard and acidic, and hence they require bletting before ready to be eaten or used as an ingredient. The fruits become edible after being softened or bletted by frost, or left to soften naturally. Bletting means that the fruit should be left to ripen beyond the ripening point, in common terms leave it to rot, and the flesh starts to decay and ferment.
Most of the time medlars are mixed with apples to be turned into wine or jellies. As we had a large quantity of quinces donated to us I thought I’d give it a go mixing the two, and actually, the result is