from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fermentation process in certain fruit beyond ripening.
- v. Present participle of blet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A form of decay seen in fleshy, overripe fruit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The slow internal decay or “sleepiness” that takes place in some fruits, as apples and pears, after they are gathered.
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It is hard, dry and astringent when immature, but after a mysterious ripening process called bletting, its cell walls break down, its tannins are reduced, and its pulp turns brown and custardy.
A common peasant fruit was the medlar, a now-forgotten brown fruit that must be dried called bletting before being eaten.
This process, referred to as “bletting,” permits the breakdown of starches into sugars.
Cheese doesn't last long, doesn't benefit from bletting, so why set up a deterrent to customers having it?
Three-course lunch/dinner for two with wine, about £90/£130 including 12.5 per cent service A medlar is a fruit that requires "bletting" to become edible.