CRATAEGUS AZAROLUS - Azarole, Medlar
Thought to have originated in the Orient, it is found throughout the Mediterranean as hedges, woods or sometimes as a solitary planting. It is an arid type plant requiring little care or water once established and is a favorite for flower arrangements whether in the blossom or fruiting stage. The fruit is similar to other hawthornes. 1⁄2 to 3⁄4" in diameter, consisting of a group of nut-like carpels surrounded by a mealy, fragrant, sugary yet acid flesh, described as apple-like and covered with a orange-red to yellow skin.