Medlar (Mespilus) - M. germanica is a beautiful small tree or bush with large and handsome flowers, and a wide-spreading head, and is beautiful in early summer when studded with great white flowers among its large pale green leaves.
It is given to a supposed hybrid between the Hawthorn and the Medlar.
Of native fruits the misple (Vangueria infausta), miscalled the wild medlar, is of excellent flavour.
The astringency renders the fruit somewhat unpalatable, but after it has been subjected to the action of frost, or has become partially rotted or "bletted" like a medlar, its flavour is improved.
Of these the apple and the pear are now very inferior in Corfu; the others thrive well and are accompanied by all the fruit trees known in southern Europe, with addition of the Japanese medlar (or loquat), and, in some spots, of the banana.
Of fruit trees the apple, pear, plum, cherry, medlar, pomegranate, fig, quince, as well as two kinds of vine, grow wild; oranges, sweet and bitter, and other Aurantiaceae thrive well in gardens and plantations.
The fruit of the pear is of a higher colour and smaller on the quince stock than on the wild pear; still more so on the medlar.