The Medlar has been grown since the Roman times and it has the rare distinction of producing great fruit well into the winter. The Medlar is a small tree, it is almost shrub like so it can be put into small yards or spaces. Medlars grow in much of the country thriving in USDA hardiness zones 5-9. Medlar will often live 30-50 years with a little care.
The Medlar fruit picked fresh from the tree is hard and acidic. Be sure to pick your fruits after the first frost. You don’t want to eat a fresh tree picked Medlar. Medlar’s, much like a persimmon, needs to be bletted. Blet is just a fancy word for sitting it on your counter for a few week where a Medlar becomes soft and delicious. Once properly bletted a Medlar’s skin will turn soft and wrinkled. Eaten fresh they taste a lot like cinnamon flavored applesauce, a kid pleaser for sure! Medlars are also used in jellies and preserves. Wine enthusiasts also enjoying making Medlar wine from extra fruit.
Planting a Medlar this fall you can expect to have your tree producing fruit in as little as 3-5 years. Medlars are self pollination so you only need one tree to get fruit. This makes it a great tree for tight places. That being said I always like to plant a few trees of all my varieties that way if one happens to die I will still have Medlars for years to come.