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Rosaceae Cydonia oblonga Mill. (Pyrus cydania L.)

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Quinces are fruits closely related to apples and pears, but are of relatively minor importance. Trees are small, generally not over 10 to 12 feet high. Fruits are mostly 2 inches up in diameter, covered with pubescence. Fruit flesh is rather hard, acid, bitter, so is rarely eaten fresh but may be used for jelly, preserves, etc. The flowering quince, widely grown as an ornamental, often sets some fruit that also may be utilized for jelly.

Season, bloom to harvest: About 150 days.

Production in U.S.: No data. Possibly 1,000 tons commercially.

Use: jelly, preserves.

Part of fruit consumed: Internal flesh, but all cooked prior to pressing for jelly.

Last update July 1, 1996 bha