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Quince
Quince (Cydonia Oblonga)

A deciduous tree growing to 7.5 m (24ft) by 7 m (23ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

When grown in warm temperate or tropical climates, the fruit can become soft and juicy and is suitable for eating raw. In cooler climates such as Britain, however, it remains hard and astringent and needs to be cooked before being eaten. It is used in jellies, preserves etc. The cooked fruit adds a delicious flavour to cooked apples. Strongly aromatic with a firm but rather gritty flesh. The fruit is rich in pectin. The fruit, dependent on the variety, can be about 10m long and 9cm wide, tapering to the stalk.

Succeeds in most soils but prefers a light moist fertile soil and a sunny position. Dislikes very dry or waterlogged soils. Plants are hardy to about -15°c, though the fruit seldom ripens in the north of Britain unless it is grown against a sunny wall. The quince has been cultivated for over two thousand years for its edible fruit and its seed, though it is not a widely grown crop.

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