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Serve Cold!

Serve Cold!
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Copyright: Sayat Arslanlioglu (sayat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-31
Categories: Trees
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-14 6:30
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Points: 6
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For those who know how delicious it is to eat those lovely medlar (Tr: Muşmula, Beşbıyık, Döngel) fruits in the coldest months.

Mespilus germanica:

The Common Medlar (Mespilus germanica) is a large shrub or small tree, and the name of the fruit of this tree. Despite its Latin name, which means German or Germanic Medlar, it is indigenous to southwest Asia and possibly also southeastern Europe, and was introduced to Germany by the Romans.
Until recently, the Common Medlar was the only known species of medlar (see this article for more general cultural information). However, in 1990 a new species was discovered in North America, now named Stern's Medlar (Mespilus canescens). The Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is also related, and sometimes called the "Japanese Medlar".
The Common Medlar requires warm summers and mild winters and prefers sunny, dry locations and slightly acidic soil. Under ideal circumstances, the deciduous plant grows up to 8 m tall. Generally, it is shorter and more shrub-like than tree-like. With a lifespan of 30–50 years, the Common Medlar is rather short-lived. Common Medlar leaves are dark green and elliptic, 8–15 cm long and 3–4 cm wide. The leaves turn a spectacular red in autumn before falling.
The five-petalled white flowers are produced in late spring. The reddish-brown medlar fruit is a pome, 2–3 cm diameter, with wide-spreading persistent sepals giving a 'hollow' appearance to the fruit.
Common Medlar fruit are very hard and acidic. They become edible after being softened ('bletted') by frost, or naturally in storage given sufficient time. Once softening begins the skin rapidly takes a wrinkled texture and turns dark brown, and the inside reduces to the consistency and flavour reminiscent of apple sauce. This process can be a cause of confusion to new medlar consumers, as a softened medlar can give the appearance that it has spoiled.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-14 6:38]

Hi Sayat,the title is a great idea..ehehe..and the pic is a wonderful realisation,i like a lot the position of light,better corner to take this very nice pic,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-14 8:21]

Hi Sayat.
Unfortunately I do not know how nice to eat this fruit. However, I know how nice to see you here with new shot. Its very unusual and attractive. Dark key of execution is so interesting and creative. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-14 21:24]

Hi Sayat!

Your title suits the subject very well. I would like to taste this unknown fruit to me, foremost because you present it so well. The composition as well as the colours and the impact they create together are superb. The picture reflects the coldness at best. Moreover, your notes are interesting and instructive.

Kind regards


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