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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of blet.


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  • Even if one becomes homosexual through a gradual development of sexual tastes, the deviance is no more "unnatural" than if one develops a taste for bletted medlars and a dislike for apples.

    An Open Letter to John C. Wright

  • The half-bletted with allspice, however, is smooth and delicious and...

    Even in a little thing

  • Of the two 2007 liqueurs that I decanted today, the bletted medlar one is good but a bit rough.

    Even in a little thing

  • If anyone is living up to my mad poetic manifesto, it's Anna with her posts on quince's bottoms and witchetty grubs, bletted medlars and flatheads.

    Still Lives

  • It was made into preserves, but more often it was “bletted” a 19th-century coinage from the French blessé, “bruised”, or picked from the tree and kept in a cool, dry place for several weeks until the enzymes in its own cells digest it from within, and its flesh turns soft and brown.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Many people believe that medlars should be picked and then kept for a fortnight until they have gone soft or bletted. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph


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  • I think prunes and raisins are simply dried.

    February 16, 2009

  • The noun of the word is bletting. Are prunes and raisins bletted fruit?

    February 16, 2009

  • Fascinating. Rosehips do this too, but AFAIK the verb "blet" is only used with medlars. I love the specificity! I even made an entry for bletted medlars.

    December 23, 2008

  • Blet (verb) in the OED as follows:

    intr. To become ‘sleepy,’ as an over-ripe pear, a special form of decay to which fleshy fruits are subject. Hence bletting vbl. n.

    1835 LINDLEY Introd. Bot. (1848) II. 257 After the period..of ripeness, most fleshy fruits undergo a new kind of alteration; their flesh either rots or blets. Ibid. Bletting is..a special alteration. 1864 Reader 21 May 653 The decomposition..of the pericarp begins with fermentation, and, after having passed through the intermediate stage of bletting to use Dr. Lindley's word, ends in the total obliteration of the cellular structure.

    Also, blet as a noun has this additional information:

    In Webster (where the only authority cited is Lindley's use of the verb). But this would not give ‘A decayed spot on fruits,’ as erroneously stated, but, That form of decay which is commonly called ‘sleepiness’ (in which there are no external spots to indicate the change).

    December 23, 2008