Growing Quinces


Quinces are seldom grown for their fruit these days, the chief use being as a stock for grafting pear trees ; for this purpose they are raised in vast quantities by nurserymen.

A light soil with an ample supply of moisture is best for quinces, and a full-grown tree 15 ft. to zo ft. high is a lovely sight in flower.

The fruit should be left to ripen late on the trees : they do not keep very long and are easily bruised. November is the usual time for gathering the fruit.

Growing QuincesQuinces are used for making jams and jellies, which are great favourites with many people. The addition of a small proportion of quinces to an apple pie gives a distinctive flavour.

Some varieties of quince are called apple-shaped : these have large golden yellow fruits rather like an apple. Champion is an American variety of this type and is a vigorous grower.

The pear-shaped quince is another type which is usually grown as an ornamental tree ; it produces a large crop, but the flavour is inferior to the apple-shaped variety.

Portugal quince produces a smaller crop than the others, but the fruits are larger and have a better flavour ;it is particularly suitable for culinary purposes and turns red when cooked.

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