The quince tree at The Farm has done us proud. We gathered this basket full of luscious fruit last week. Unfortunately when myself and Slasher actually picked the fruit we didn’t have a basket, or indeed anything resembling one. We had wandered over for our weekly recce of how things were proceeding in Quinceland and an immediate Code Red was implimented. There was no time for frivolous containers, we sprung into harvesting action. With our arms chocked full to overflowing we rushed to the office where Annie Admin provided us with the attractive receptacle. Ms Admin can always be relied upon for the perfect photo opportunity.
Being unaccustomed to the wiles of this uncommon tree we were unsure when it would be right time to pick them. After much scientific analysis and studying of ancient tomes we were led to believe this was the right time for harvest. The fact that they had begun to leap unaided from the tree, and were destined to become badger food if we didn’t do something quickly, also helped.
The variety is Serbian Gold which is one of the apple fruited cultivars. This means the fruit are shaped like apples. No honest! It is considered to be one of the best varieties for growing in this country. It has large pink flowers in the spring and is self fertile. The fruit can get much larger than our, petite but perfectly formed, pickings this year. Apparently they can reach between 0.5kg and 1kg each. Yes each! Poor tree, it better put on a bit of muscle before next year.
These beauties have now been “processed” and are on their way to becoming quince jelly. Hope they are sharing …..