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Here's a little fuel for the fire of our slow-burning medlar obsession. About a week-and-a-half ago, Proof Bakery in Atwater Village began selling medlar “Tootsie Rolls” made by Jessica Koslow of Sqirl. Made from the ancient and rare fruit (rare in Southern California, anyway), the chewy little candies sell for $2.50 each and have been described as tasting like spiced apple, dates, honey and autumn leaves.

Medlar candy at Proof Bakery; Credit: Guzzle & Nosh

Medlar candy at Proof Bakery; Credit: Guzzle & Nosh

Last month, Karen Klemens, who is, like Koslow, a Master Food Preserver, made a batch of medlar ice cream for her Sierra Madre ice cream shop Mother Moo Creamery.

What's next, a medlar cocktail? Ambitious bartenders: hint, hint.


Elina Shatkin is a staff writer at LA Weekly. Follow her at @elinashatkin or contact her at eshatkin@laweekly.com.

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