Hardly anyone you know has ever seen or heard of a Medlar Tree, a plant whose fruit production can reliably bear large crops, then grow successfully in almost every area of the United States. The Medlar tree, being so cold hardy that this fruit tree can survive the cold temperatures of minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.
The Medlar fruit grows in the late summer or early fall to about the size of a large plum and matures into a chocolate-metallic color with an exciting aroma and a flavor that is indescribably delicious and pleasing to your culinary senses. Most fruit growers prefer to let the Medlar fruit remain on the tree, until the tree has passed the last frost. You pick the plump round medlars directly off the tree when it is ripe, soft, and ready to eat. In Europe and in the Mid-Eastern countries, the medlar tree is considered to be essential to every garden, and the medlar fruit is sought after by French chefs and gourmet restaurants.