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Icy Medlar


Icy Medlar
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Copyright: Sayat Arslanlioglu (sayat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-31
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/636 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Edible [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 8:54
Viewed: 5457
Points: 8
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Icy medlar. Delicious!

Mespilus germanica

Physical Characteristics

A decidious Tree growing to 6m by 6m at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen in November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Habitats

Woodland Garden; Secondary; Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked. The fruit does not always ripen fully in cooler temperate zones such as Britain. However it can be harvested in late autumn (preferably after it has had some frost) whilst still hard and then needs to be bletted before it can be eaten raw. This entails storing it, stalk end upwards, in a cool place for a short while until it is on the point of (but not quite) rotting, a state described as incipient decay. At this stage the flesh turns from white to brown, becomes very soft and is quite sweet with an absolutely delicious flavour that somewhat resembles a luscious tropical fruit. The fruit of the wild species is up to 25mm in diameter, though some cultivars can be 65mm or more in diameter.

Medicinal Uses

The pulp of the fruit is laxativ. The leaves are astringent. The seed is lithontripic. It is ground up for use, but caution should be employed since the seeds contain the toxin hydrocyanic acid. The bark has been used as a substitute for quinine, but with uncertain results.

(from www.pfaf.org)

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interesting composition with the ice on what appears to be the fruit. nice use of DOF.

Daha da guzel nasil olabilirdi diye dusununce,
arkaplanin sade oldugu ve daha koyu oldugu fikri agir basiyor.
Saniyorum bunu elde etmek icin zorlanmazidiniz.
Bu haliyle de cok basarili.
Tebrikler, selamlar.

Hi dear Sayat my good friend,
very nice image.
we have this fruit in the North of Iran.
well composed and good details.
well done
thanks and regards
Saeed

Hi Sayat,
Another one frozen pic from your store, eh?
i like the simplicity and the beauty of this image. I like ice in branches and intrincated blurred Bg
Regards
Hernán

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