Ingredient of the Week: Medlar Jelly

17 Jan

                    A few weeks back I read an article by Nigel Slater in the Observer on Medlar fruit. About how the “fruit…smells of rancid wine and resembles nothing so much as a cat’s bottom”. Well, a fruit that looks like a cat’s bum? I was intrigued. Like a child hoping for snow on a school morning I had great anticipation that I would soon see some medlar jam or jelly and get to taste this bizarre confection. For a long time though… nothing. Then, last week I happened to pop into Partridges on my way home. Amongst the astronomically priced curiosities and American candy I saw a jar and snaffled it up immediately. And so to taste.

Well… it tastes good! And did not conjure up images of a cat’s bum, pheeeew! The texture was silky and smooth. It was gentle on my tounge, sweet and quietly rich. Need to read up on how to use it well now… but mmm, scrummy.

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