It is hard, dry and astringent when immature, but after a mysterious ripening process called bletting, its cell walls break down, its tannins are reduced, and its pulp turns brown and custardy. From Wordnik.com. [Lunch Room Chatter: Produce is not downloadable] Reference
Photo of bletting medlar from The Cat’s Tripe. From Wordnik.com. [Archive 2008-02-01] Reference
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