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Mother Moo now scooping medlar ice cream

January 08, 2013|By Betty Hallock
  • Mother Moo serves seasonal medlar ice cream.
Mother Moo serves seasonal medlar ice cream. (Karen Klemens )

It's medlar season. Which means Mother Moo Creamery in Sierra Madre is making medlar ice cream again -- a rare ice cream from a rare fruit, available for a limited time.  

The medlar's a special fruit, related to apples and pears, but most closely to hawthorns. It's hard, dry and astringent when immature, but after a ripening process (called bletting) its pulp turns custardy and tastes like sweet-tart winy apple butter -- with a little cinnamon, even. 

Mother Moo owner Karen Klemens this year got her hands on some directly from Ruff House Ranch -- late this season because there wasn't a frost on the ranch until early December.

"I received 25 pounds," Klemens said. "Half went into medlar jelly, the other half went into ice cream. This year, I made the ice cream using a different method to give us a richer, fresher-tasting, more medlar-like flavor.

We've even had customers ordering medlar shakes with Straus Barista Milk."

The medlar ice cream costs $4 a scoop; $12 a pint. Medlar jelly is $18 for an 8-ounce jar.

17 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, (626) 355-9650, www.mothermoo.com.

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