The Medlar-A Cousin of the Quince
The Medlar, known to the botanist as Mestilus, is a native of central Europe. There is a single species only, but there are several cultivated varieties. The fruit is too acid for most tastes, but after being mellowed by the frost it is relished by those who care for acid fruit. It is hardy as far north as central New York in the eastern states, and of course throughout California. It is worthy of more attention than it has received from the American fruit developer. Mr. Burbank has grown it, and has made tentative efforts at its improvement, but these have not been carried to a conclusion.
This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 4 Chapter 7