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Quince

Post: #1789 rissy
Sat Apr 02, 2005 3:38 pm

I am interested in getting a quince tree/bush(?). I would also like some of the fruit when it is in season.
Anybody any ideas?
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Post: #1797 diver
Sun Apr 03, 2005 6:43 pm

my friend has a large quince tree and makes delicious quince jam, I will ask her for some info and post it here

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Post: #1799 rissy
Mon Apr 04, 2005 5:16 am

Cheers! Look forward to getting info.
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Post: #3090 Haddock
Wed May 18, 2005 9:20 pm

I guess its a dumb question, but what is Quince? :oops:

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Post: #3145 alcina
Fri May 20, 2005 9:41 am

The Common Quince is a small tree: Cydonia oblonga. Its fruit looks like a big, hairy pear. But its flesh is quite hard and bitter. It's used to make jelly - which is used as an accompaniment to meats or cheese. It's also added to apples and pears when making apple pies etc to give a slight edge to the taste. It used to be a much more popular culinary plant than it is now. Quince is often used as a dwarfing root stock for pear trees.

There is also an ornamental quice: Chaenomeles japonica being the most popular. It grows as an untidy shrub (but can be trained nicely against a wall). Although the plants are only distantly related, the fruits are used similarly. The fruit of the ornamental quice is small, round and not hairy.

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Post: #3160 Haddock
Fri May 20, 2005 7:22 pm

Alcina.......Many thanks for the reply. Never heard of Quinces before, but very interesting.

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Post: #3161 shiney
Fri May 20, 2005 8:18 pm

There is a really old quince tree in an alley way on the way to my son's school. When it has fruit on it and the sun shines, it's the most exquisite scent that comes from it.

When the quince are lovely and ripe, I gather a few and boil them down, with a little sugar. (They are hard as bullets!) When they are soft add one to an apple pie.

Delicious and scrumped as well. :shock:
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Post: #3162 catalyst
Fri May 20, 2005 8:43 pm

we have several quince trees... the fruit has a very distinctive taste... like lemony apples... makes amazing jam or wine... and my son occassionally boils up quince, apple and pear to eat with custard...
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from: http://www.treesdirect.co.uk/
"Fruiting Quince ~ Cydonia oblonga, "Vranja"

Decorative pale pink flowers in April/May,
& large fragrant golden fruit in late summer.
Green leaves with downy underside turning
a beautiful yellow in autumn.

Quince are self fertile, long-lived, like moist soil,
will flourish near water, they prefer a warm site,
in an orchard or as a specimen tree giving year
round interest.

Flowers feed beneficial insects & the fruit is relished
by wildlife and birds in winter.
Romantic associations, a perfect wedding present.
Height & spread in 10 years 4 x 3m.

Approx height when sent 2 metres, £45.00 + carriage "


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