Quince tree identification
The Quince Cydonia oblonga is a small fruit tree native to a region of south-west Asia that includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, southwestern Russia, and Turkmenistan. It had already been introduced to Britain by 1200.
Quince tree identification – small fruit tree, large leaves, white, pink-tinged flowers in spring and pear-shaped yellow fruit in autumn. Its fruit is similar to that of an Apple or Pear, but it can’t be eaten raw in Britain. It is too hard and has an astringent and sour taste. Slow cooking with honey produces edible slices and quince can also be use to produce jam, jelly and marmalade. From its introduction to Britain from Portugal in the 16th century marmalade was usually made from Quince until citrus fruits gradually became more poplar. In warmer climates such as the Middle East it can be eaten directly from the tree where it was known as a Golden Apple. It should not be confused with the Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa), a small thorny shrub with red flowers, found in many gardens.