Ripe medlars

Posted by David FG on December 15, 2004

In Reply to: Ripe medlars posted by Jose Carlos on December 15, 2004

: Can anyone explain to me the meaning of

: "Time and straw make the medlars ripe"?

: Why straw? And what are medlars anyway?

: JC

Medlars are a fruit which has to partially rot (bletting as I believe it is known) before it is edible. This takes time, and I think that traditionally they were packed in boxes of straw to allow the process to take place.