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Medlar (Mespilus germanica)


Blood purifying, diuretic, astringent

Areas of application:

Gentle laxative, stimulates intestinal activity, upset stomach, acts on the kidneys, as skin protection, skin inflammation, for pigment spots, diets, has a positive effect on cholesterol balance

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

from the beginning of November to the end of December

To find:

Only rarely in orchards or orchards. Wild medlars usually have thorns.


tannic acids, pectins, vitamin C, minerals, beta-carotene


The fruits are best eaten raw; you have to spit out the leathery, rough peel and the 5 seeds. In the kitchen you can use it as a component in jams, jellies, but also in wine or must.

Hildegard von Bingen: The medlar is good for healthy and sick people to eat, no matter how much you eat, because it cleanses the blood and allows the flesh to grow. Anyone who suffers from fever should crush the root into powder and often take this powder in wine on an empty stomach, and then it will go away.


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