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Please can you confirm that this is a quince. (oicture attached)I don't want to poison anyone with my jelly). If it is a quince how do I know when they are ready to pick from the bush - some have fallen to the ground but the others really need a big tug to remove them from the twig.




It looks like a Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles japonica) which is a bush rather than the usual type you would use to make jelly. That species, a tree is simply called a Quince (Cydonia oblonga).

You can still use the Japanese one though, just google Japanese Quince recipes.

14 Nov, 2010


Many thanks. Now for my first attempt at making Quince Jelly

14 Nov, 2010


The quinces are ripe when you they can be removed from the bush without tugging. You have to keep a close watch as they drop if not picked as soon as they are ripe.

14 Nov, 2010


Thanks. I'm really new at this so appreciate all the help I can get.

14 Nov, 2010


Another way to identify them is that proper quinces have a really strong perfume. I can smell the fruit on my tree as I walk past it, several feet away. The Chaenomeles fruit, although fragrant when cut, don't gve off such a perfume. Qunices, too, are more chunky pear shaped, with a definite narrowing at one end. Phil

14 Nov, 2010

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