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Is this a quince or a pear tree

a_good_brewa_good_brew East AngliaPosts: 30
Hi.  This is an old, and recently shortened tree in my parents' garden in Lincolnshire.  What is it?  If it's a quince, as we suspect, then any idea what variety it is?  How should we store and use the fruit?


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,935
    Pear but no idea which one.   Quince are very much more lumpy and bumpy and round-ish.
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,625
    Have you tried to cook one?

    If after an hour’s stewing it is soft, you have a pear. If it is just beginning to stop behaving like a rock, then you either have a quince or you have a warden pear.

    The smell of the cooked fruit is also completely different. 
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 60,394
    That looks like a pear to me. 

    Info on harvesting and ripening fruit here

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  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 882
    Cutting it will give you a good idea too. Agree with the others...looks like a pear. If in doubt, taste 😉
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  • I think this is a quince it has small Orange flowers before the fruit is formed
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