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  • 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.

    Lunch Room Chatter: Produce is not downloadable

  • A common peasant fruit was the medlar, a now-forgotten brown fruit that must be dried called bletting before being eaten.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • This process, referred to as “bletting,” permits the breakdown of starches into sugars.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Cheese doesn't last long, doesn't benefit from bletting, so why set up a deterrent to customers having it?

    Evening Standard - Home

  • 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.

    Evening Standard - Home


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  • (n) A form of decay seen in fleshy, overripe fruit.

    February 16, 2009

  • (n) the ripening of fruit

    February 16, 2009