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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Definitions for bletting

  1. the ripening of fruit, especially of fruit stored until the desired degree of softness is attained.

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Citations for bletting
… the strange fruit was not good if eaten before ageing and bletting, when its taste became like chocolate. Leslie Forbes, Waking Raphael, 2003
This "bletting" is the intermediate stage between maturity and decay, and is that yellowish woolliness of the fruit familiarly known as "mellowness." Dr. Robert Brown, "A Fruit," Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, 1889
Origin of bletting
Bletting comes from the French word blet meaning "overripe." It entered English in the 1830s.