Jewelry from the time when.... people knew how to eat medlars.

Jewelry from the time when....

people knew how to eat medlars.

French Victorian antique hard stone cameo in elegant enameled mounting
Click the picture to get to this hardstone cameo brooch.
Mentioned in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as well as in In Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote, the medlar is a large shrub or small tree and also the name of the fruit of this tree. The fruit has been cultivated since Roman times, is usual available in winter and being eaten when bletted.

It was a very important fruit during the Roman Empire and Middle Ages before the introduction of other fruits in Western Europe. During the Middle Ages it was planted mainly in monastery gardens.

In our days, medlars can be occasionally found at specialized markets and greengrocers... and in the Garden of Adin of course, together with other beauties from the old days.

Antiqualy yours,

The Adin team
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