The quince tree at The Farm is the first time I have come across this ancient fruit. This is not the flowering quince, Chaenomeles japonica, widely grown as a wall shrub for its decorative spring flowers. We are talking about Cydonia oblonga grown for its fragrant fruit, which like medlars must be bletted, or left to almost rot, before eaten. If this does not appeal then they make delicious jams, puddings and wines. Allegedly. The Portuguese word for this golden pear shaped fruit is marmello, and it is from this fruit that the original marmalade was made.
Last year this tree managed to flower but produced no fruit. The fact that it spent some of this time horizontal, until properly staked, may have had something to do with its barrenness. This year we have had flower, it has set fruit and had another go at flowering. I am hoping that this fruitling, snug in its velour all-in-one, will hold on tight until autumn, when we can sample its delights.