Mespilus germanica commonly called medlar tree or european medlar, is a fruit tree that produces a fruit called medlar. Although its Latin name references Germania, it originates in Asia Minor and Southeast Europe, and it was brought to Germany by the Romans.
The medlar tree was cultivated approximately three thousand years ago in the Caspian Sea region. At about 700 B.C. it arrived in Greece, and then reached Rome around 200 B.C. It became an important fruit crop during the Roman Empire and the Middle Age, mainly due to its medicinal properties relating to intestinal health.
The wood of the medlar tree grows very slowly, which makes it dense and hard, but flexible at the same time. This makes it very special, because most hard woods generally are not flexible and do break. As a result, it is a very appropriate type of wood for making walking sticks. This is the reason why at ALBERDI we use medlar wood for crafting our makilas.