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Medlar tree or Azgil are deciduous large shrub or small tree cultivated since the ancient time. This unusual fruit tree is harvested in winter, and is eaten raw or in a variety of dishes. The fruit is ready when it is ‘bletted’, meaning browned. Medlar trees grow wildly in Europe and Asia. In Iran, the fruits, leaves, bark and wood of the tree are used as medicines for ailments.
The fruit needs humidity to ripen. Supplemental water maybe needed when planted inland. Pick the fruit early and place in a plastic bag with water and absorbent material like straw or mulch and place in the refrigerator to help fruit with bletting.
Medlar does well near the Coast. Plant them in Malibu, Santa Monica,Santa Barbara, Ventura, Agoura Hills and in San Diego. Plant where it will receive morning sun and afternoon shade and provide supplemental water to simulate the coast in areas such as Los Angeles.