Do you know the name of these fruit ?
If you answered apples . . . you'd be wrong.
If you answered pears . . . you'd be wrong again.
They are quince, and I had no idea that a quince tree (or bush?) would actually bear fruit.
For years there has been a huge quince tree in my flower bed. Each year it would be absolutely covered in blossoms. And many different colors of blossoms. Some blossoms were deep pink (nearly red), some absolutely white, and others were variegated in a variety of combinations.
And the tree grew huge and took over the flower bed. It was taller than the house and I would have to prune it back drastically . . . . which only seemed to make it more tenacious. Finally, we decided it had to come out. So we cut it back and out it came. (My flower bed is really happy to see the sunshine again!)
We have another quince near the fence and it never seemed to thrive. Each year at best it would put on a couple of leafs . . . . never a blossom. And where it was located would have been the perfect spot for it to grow as big as the first one did. But no such luck. It just looked like a stick poking out of the ground. Quite a contrast since both trees were purchased and planted at the same time.
Last Spring we decided to pull it out as well. But time went by and it never happened.
We were surprised when it began putting on leaves . . . and even more surprised when fruit began to appear on it.
I've been watching the fruit grow . . . larger and larger. Then they began to blush which is the sign that they are ready for harvest.
So, today was the day . . . I picked them. Well, they did not want to be picked. They are attached directly to the branch without a stem like an apple does. And did I mention they have large prickly thorns? Yes they do!
Well, after wrestling the fruit off the quince bush I found out that they are as hard as a rock.
It was nearly impossible to cut into them . . . but I finally got one open . . and WOW, are they sour!! If you're looking for something to pucker your kisser, this is it!
Anyway, I decided to make some Quince Jelly and Quince Butter with them. My first attempt at such domesticated fun.