Can anyone tell me what kind of tree this is and what is the fruit or nuts on it?
That's a Mespilus germanica - Medlar Tree (as mentioned in Romeo and Juliet)
Baa, once again you came through! Thanks. This was such a neat-looking tree with weird fruit? nuts? we couldn't figure it out (I was with Wind when she saw it).
The fruit has to be almost rotted before you eat it, it's ... shall we say ... an aquired taste *G* I tried to grow this a couple of time from seed, I suppose I shall just have to save up and buy the tree.
Baa, we found a seedpod (or fruit?) that was withered, and it was impossible to break open with our fingers. We both tried. Didn't feel we should rip one off the tree and steal it to try to get seeds from it though. Bad policy in a public park (and even more so in a private garden). But maybe when I go there to volunteer in a few more weeks I can ask for a seedpod. Worth a try!
Certainly! They can only say no can't they.
Here is a site with how the Medlar is eaten and why your efforts of splitting the fruit was thwarted ;)
Thanks Baa for the link.
Lupy check out the PDB I put some good information in there but not a recipe lol.