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Homestead Quince Seeds

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12.203 STEEM 15.254 STEEM
5.429 SBD 6.786 SBD
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Overview

Being in the Rosaceae family, the Quince is related to the Apple and pear and it shows. The fruit looks like a cross between an apple and a pear, and yellow in color. When ripe it smells floral, like an apple. The quince fruit is extremely firm when it is ripe and very astringent. Typically it is left to over-ripen, or blet, or it is cooked. In either case the cooked or bletted fruit is deliciously and surprisingly sweet like candy. I really enjoy baking the quince until it is soft and sweet. It can also be used in jams, syrup, sauces and pies. The Quince’s spring time blossoms are quite beautiful, but are not to be confused with the flowers of the Chaenomeles speciosa (Flowering Quince / Japanese Quince).

Homestead Quince – Cydonia oblonga

Life cycle: Perennial / Ease of propagation: Moderate / Hardiness zone: 5-9

Being in the Rosaceae family, the Quince is related to the Apple and pear and it shows. The fruit looks like a cross between an apple and a pear, and yellow in color. When ripe it smells floral, like an apple. The quince fruit is extremely firm when it is ripe and very astringent. Typically it is left to over-ripen, or blet, or it is cooked. In either case the cooked or bletted fruit is deliciously and surprisingly sweet like candy. I really enjoy baking the quince until it is soft and sweet. It can also be used in jams, syrup, sauces and pies. The Quince’s spring time blossoms are quite beautiful, but are not to be confused with the flowers of the Chaenomeles speciosa (Flowering Quince / Japanese Quince).

The Quince ripened here this year late October into mid-November. I wait until they start dropping from trees and then collect all the ripe ones, checking on them every few days. I really appreciate the fact that the quinces hardness allows it to store very well in cold dry conditions. I haven’t tested how long they would last but kept cold I imagine they could stay in good shapes for months through the winter here. Anyway I haven’t been able to let mine last that long before I enjoy them! In a warmer climate the quince will over-ripen to that sweet stage much faster, but warmer climates also risk fungal problems with the Quince tree.

Quince seedlings can be used as root-stock for other Quince varieties and some pears. In fact the Quince is often used as dwarfing stock for pears. The Quince will also sucker and may be a good hedgerow candidate. We let a horse hangout in the space where this Quince tree resides and it tried a big bite out of one of the ripe Quinces and must not have liked the astringency because she didn’t go back for seconds! I suspect deer would have a similar reaction, and other than protecting young trees from predators, older trees may not need as much protection from deer and some livestock. This tree isn’t suffering from any pests for that matter and is quite healthy despite not having had any special attention for many years.

Quince seeds gel up when soaked and become mucilaginous, similar to flax seeds, and can be used to treat certain respiratory diseases in children.

Sowing Instructions

Seeds require 3 months cold stratification. Sow in pots/trays and keep slightly moist but not sopping wet through the winter and watch for germination in spring/summer. Alternatively stratify the seeds in the refrigerator in moist but not sopping sphagnum moss or coconut coir for three months and then place in pots or trays. Once sprouts are large enough, prick out into their own pots. Transplant in the fall or the following spring.

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