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Mother Moo now scooping 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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