21 Nov 2011

Ladybirds in the Medlars

Ladybirds in the Medlars
The Medlar Trees ( Mespilus) turn a spectacular colour in the autumn and the fruit appears to attract the ladybirds as a snug retreat. Medlar fruit can be made into jam but is best left until after the first frosts when the fruit is said to be 'bletted' . This decaying process alters the chemical balance in the fruit whereby the sugars increase while the acids and tannins decrease.

Autumn Medlar

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