Medlar trees, symbol of a lost Beirut
In the past, each house used to have its small garden and its … medlar tree (known as “nèfle” or “akadeneh”).
Nowadays medlar trees still can be admired close to old houses in Beirut.
The loquat (variety of medlar that we find in Lebanon) is originally from China but has been imported centuries ago. It is very adapted to Mediterranean climate : an adult tree doesn’t need watering, doesn’t get sick, doesn’t need insecticides and is evergreen.
Loquat’s flowers are very appreciated by bees, since its flowering period occurs during fall (around November) when flowers are very rare.
It is pretty easy to grow a medlar : collect some seeds (that you find inside the fruit), and directly plant them in small pots (2 seeds per pot) on the balcony or in the garden if you have one.
Encourage biodiversity by planting a medlar tree ! In addition of having delicious home-produced fruits, you will be feeding birds and bees !
Don’t forget to follow this blog by email to keep in touch!