Tree following, November 2018

Liz – Here in Lexington, Kentucky the black walnut has shed most of its leaves and the clumps of mistletoe are visible again in the tree’s upper reaches.


Last month Lea commented on how she had to wear gloves before touching ripened hulls because of the tannin.  If you look at Hammons Black Walnuts website  you’ll see details of the commercial processing business in the USA for buying and hulling these nuts.

Mike –  There has been surprisingly little change in the medlars since last month.  Most of the fruit is the same colour and many of the leaves still green.  I understand that the fruit should now be picked and left for at least several weeks to ripen (blet) before using.  As far as I know the main use for them is to make medlar jelly.

Last month Liz and Hollis asked if birds eat the fruit to which I replied that I don’t know, although it appears that it remains untouched on the trees. Perhaps they wait for them to ripen and fall before doing so.

Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.  If you want to see what it’s all about, and maybe follow a tree, click on the link over on the right-hand side.

Have a good weekend!


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15 Responses to Tree following, November 2018

  1. Liz says:

    Mike, I cannot understand how the medlar fruits hang on and on. I’d love (perhaps “love” is an overstatement!), let’s say be interested in tasting the medlar jelly. Have any of your readers made or eaten medlar jelly?

  2. Jade says:

    Liz, I’ve learnt something new here – the parasitic mistletoe plant! Thanks for sharing!
    Mike, the medlar fruits look pretty to me for the first time. Perhaps their jelly would taste good too!
    Thanks and have a good weekend to you both!

    • Liz says:

      Jade, yes indeed. The mistletoe is the first thing that drew me to the black walnut earlier this year. There are several more clumps that have formed beneath the top one. Thanks, Liz

    • Flighty says:

      Jade here in the UK mistletoe mostly grows on apple trees.
      Medlar fruit certainly looks different. I’m told that the jelly tastes better than the fruit. xx

  3. Interesting about the walnuts and their processing!
    And funny to see something as “British” as mistletoe over in the USA.
    Those medlars look wonderful – but perhaps suitable for Halloween? They look like they are mouths with fangs…
    All the best 🙂

  4. snowbird says:

    You’ll have to have a go at medlar jelly now Mr F! I do love mistletoe on trees, I had it on an ancient apple tree once, I keep trying to get it to grow on my apple trees here by cutting the bark and placing a seed inside, no luck to

  5. Interesting information about the Black Walnut industry, and I followed the link to making Medlar jelly, too.
    Happy Tree Following!

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