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When is a Lemon tree not a Lemon tree? -photo of fruit only.

There I was yesterday getting a little excited picking Lemons from a bush out in the wild. I got home and cut the fruit. It looked like a lemon, but the pips were brown-same colour as apple pips. There was no lemon smell either.

What could this be?  I did not take a photo of the bush, but I can cut another 'fruit' open and take a picture if required.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,433
    Looks like a quince.  Lemons do not grow wild in this country.  Quinces make good jelly, they usually smell perfumed.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,433
    Google images of "Quince cut in half" and see if that matches what you've got.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,088
    I's definitely the right season for quince
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,066
    It’s a quince.   You can make jelly with them.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I must agree with all of you. Thank you for the prompt answers  :)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354
    Chaenomeles rather than Cydonia I think

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Are the chaenomeles edible nutcutlet?
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,299
    They are. I made jam from them last year. But as they are generally smaller and still very tough to cut up, it was a lot of work and I don't think I'll bother this year.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero

  • Just checked and the name has changed to Chaenomeles  & Cydonia  :)  Are they not Quince? 

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,811
    True quince are Cydonia oblonga. Chaenomeles varieties include Chaenomeles japonica which has the common name Japanese flowering quince are a different species altogether but the fruit resembles true quince (usually smaller) and can be used in the same way to make jelly and membrillo. Chaenomeles japonica is usually a shrubby thorny bush whereas Cydonia forms a tree similar to apples.

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