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Old 03-21-2011, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The true fruiting quinces are related to the apple and pear. In Greek and Roman times, the word for "apple" could refer to any of these 3 fruits. Many biblical and language scholars believe that the "apple" in Genesis was actually a quince and the name was mis-transliterated by Latin scribes. The leaves are softer in structure than apple or pear - somewhat velvety to the touch. The Smyrna Quince blossoms are about 3 centimeters (a little over an inch) across.

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Old 03-21-2011, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Cool, is that your tree?
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Cool, is that your tree?
Yes, I have nursery stock of about 20 in 15-gallon pots, one of which I'm going to put in the ground somewhere around here.
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What do they taste like? A pear or an apple? Something in between? Never remember tasting or seeing one before. I need to look at your website again, Richard, you always have odd fruits- that I'm unfamiliar w/.
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The texture is like a firm pear. There are three main cultivars: Smyrna, Orange, and Pineapple. They are all less sweet than a pear and more acidic. The Smyrna has overtones of a white wine. Eaten alone it is an acquired taste. Otherwise, it is a wonderful compliment to many prepared foods including salads, casseroles, cobblers and scones, and of course on vanilla ice cream.
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What a beautiful flower. Reminds me of a Magnolia flower.
Do they do well in So. California? Any chilling requirement?
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Do they do well in So. California? Any chilling requirement?
The main concern with quinces and pears and other Rosaceae is infection by fireblight. Some European pears are easily striken -- esp. when grown within a few hundred yards of an ornamental (non-fruiting) flowering pear tree - which are hosts for fireblight. Quince is less susceptible, and Asian Pears are rarely affected. Fireblight can be controlled on fruiting Quince in southern California with twice-year application of copper spray. I take the additional caution of using an antibiotic (Agri-Mycin) because of the large number of susceptible plants on my property.

In southern California, I would not try Smyrna Quince in a coastal situation with heavy marine layer. Otherwise, it does fruit where other moderately low chill Pome fruit trees produce; i.e., about 250 chill hours by the Utah method.
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