Monstrueuse de Evreinoff Medlar
Mespilus germanica 'Monstruese de Evreinoff'
The name of this very large-fruited cultivar translates to 'Huge Evreinoff' and refers to the unusually large size of the fruit: 3" and yellow/brown with pinkish-brown flesh. One French collector of medlar trees described the taste as 'pleasant, well balanced between sweet and almost syrupy, with the edge of acidity that delights connoisseurs.' Developed near Montauban, France by M. Evreinoff.
Although little known in the U.S., medlars have been grown in Europe for thousands of years. The unusual, round fruits are collected in the fall, after the first frosts. When picked, the fruits are much too hard to eat immediately. If allowed to ripen for a few weeks in a cool, well-lit place they undergo a process called ‘bletting’ and become soft, spicy and very rich. They can also be left on the tree to blet in many milder winter locations. Enjoy the cinnamon-apple sauce flavor scooped out with a spoon.
USDA Zone: 5-9
Grow Height: 10'
Sun: Full Sun
Ripening Time: October/November