Quince - Wikipedia

Quince – Wikipedia

Species of flowering plant within the rose household Rosaceae

The quince (; Cydonia oblonga) is the only real member of the genus Cydonia within the household Rosaceae (which additionally comprises apples and pears, amongst different fruits). It’s a tree fruit that bears a deciduous pome fruit, related in look to a pear, and is brilliant golden-yellow when mature. The uncooked fruit is a supply of meals. The tree has been grown by panorama architects for its enticing pale pink blossoms and different decorative qualities.[1]


Halved quince, with seeds and oxidation seen

The tree grows 5 to eight metres (16 to 26 ft) excessive and Four to six m (13 to 20 ft) huge. The fruit is 70 to 120 mm (Three to 4 12 in) lengthy and 60 to 90 mm (2 12 to 3 12 in) throughout.

The immature fruit is inexperienced with dense grey-white fantastic hair, most of which rubs off earlier than maturity in late autumn when the fruit adjustments color to yellow with arduous, strongly perfumed flesh. The leaves are alternately organized, easy, 60–110 mm (2 124 12 in) lengthy, with a whole margin and densely pubescent with fantastic white hairs. The flowers, produced in spring after the leaves, are white or pink, 50 mm (2 in) throughout, with 5 petals.

The seeds comprise nitriles, that are frequent within the seeds of the rose household. Within the abdomen, enzymes or abdomen acid or each trigger a number of the nitriles to be hydrolysed and produce hydrogen cyanide, which is a risky fuel. The seeds are solely poisonous if eaten in giant portions.[2]


4 different species beforehand included within the genus Cydonia are actually handled in separate genera. These are Pseudocydonia sinensis and the three flowering quinces of japanese Asia within the genus Chaenomeles. One other unrelated fruit, the bael, is usually referred to as the “Bengal quince”.

The fashionable identify originated within the 14th century as a plural of quoyn, by way of Outdated French cooin from Latin cotoneum malum / cydonium malum, finally from Greek κυδώνιον μῆλον, kydonion melon “Kydonian apple”.

Cydonia is included within the subfamily Amygdaloideae.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Commercially grown quince

Quince foliage and ripening fruit

Quince is native to rocky slopes and woodland margins in Western Asia, Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, northern Iran to Afghanistan,[4][5] though it thrives in a wide range of climates and may be grown efficiently at latitudes as far north as Scotland. It shouldn’t be confused with its family members, the Chinese language quince, Pseudocydonia sinensis, or the flowering quinces of genus Chaenomeles, both of which is usually used as a culinary substitute.

Historical past[edit]

The fruit was identified to the Akkadians, who referred to as it supurgillu; Arabic سفرجل al safarjal “quinces” (collective plural),[6] in addition to in Judea of Israel in the course of the Mishnaic period the place it was referred to as perishin (פרישין collective plural, or sing. prish);[7] quince flourished within the warmth of the Mesopotamian plain, the place apples didn’t. It was cultivated from an archaic interval across the Mediterranean.

The Greeks related it with Cydonia on Crete, because the “Cydonian pome”, and Theophrastus, in his Enquiry into Vegetation, famous that quince was one among many fruiting vegetation that don’t come true from seed.[8] As a sacred emblem of Aphrodite, a quince figured in a misplaced poem of Callimachus that survives in a prose epitome: seeing his beloved within the courtyard of the temple of Aphrodite, Acontius plucks a quince from the “orchard of Aphrodite”, inscribes its pores and skin and furtively rolls it on the ft of her illiterate nurse, whose curiosity aroused, arms it to the woman to learn aloud, and the woman finds herself saying “I swear by Aphrodite that I’ll marry Acontius”. A vow thus spoken within the goddess’s temenos can’t be damaged.[9]Pliny the Elder mentions “quite a few varieties” of quince in his Pure Historical past and describes 4.[10] The season of ripe quinces is temporary: the Roman cookbook De re coquinaria of “Apicius” specifies in trying to maintain quinces, to pick good unbruised fruits and preserve stems and leaves intact, submerged in honey and lowered wine.[11]

Pests and illnesses[edit]

Quince is used as a meals plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species together with brown-tail, Bucculatrix bechsteinella, Bucculatrix pomifoliella, Coleophora cerasivorella, Coleophora malivorella, inexperienced pug and winter moth.

Whereas quince is a hardy shrub, it could develop fungal illnesses in sizzling climate, leading to untimely leaf fall.[12]Quince leaf blight, attributable to fungus Diplocarpon mespili, presents a menace in moist summers, inflicting extreme leaf recognizing and early defoliation, additionally affecting fruit to a lesser extent. It could additionally have an effect on different Rosaceae vegetation corresponding to hawthorn and medlar, however is usually much less damaging than on quince.[13] Cedar-quince rust, attributable to Gymnosporangium clavipes, requires two hosts to finish the fungal life cycle, one being a cedar (mostly a juniper, Juniperus virginiana) and the opposite a rosacea. Showing as purple excrescence on numerous elements of the plant, it could have an effect on quinces grown in neighborhood of junipers.[14]


Quince is a hardy, drought-tolerant shrub which adapts to many soils of low to medium pH. It tolerates each shade and solar, however daylight is required as a way to produce bigger flowers and guarantee fruit ripening. It’s a hardy plant that doesn’t require a lot upkeep, and tolerates years with out pruning or main insect and illness issues.[12] It’s favored by panorama architects, corresponding to Frederick Regulation Olmsted within the early 20th century, for its enticing blossoms.

Quince is cultivated on all continents in warm-temperate and temperate climates. It requires a cooler interval of the 12 months, with temperatures beneath 7 °C (45 °F), to flower correctly. Propagation is completed by cuttings or layering; the previous technique produces higher vegetation, however they take longer to mature than by the latter. Named cultivars are propagated by cuttings or layers grafted on quince rootstock. Propagation by seed just isn’t used commercially. Quince varieties thick bushes, which have to be pruned and lowered right into a single stem as a way to develop fruit-bearing timber for industrial use. The tree is self-pollinated, however it produces higher yields when cross-pollinated.[12]

Fruits are usually left on the tree to ripen totally. In hotter climates, it could grow to be gentle to the purpose of being edible, however further ripening could also be required in cooler climates. They’re harvested in late autumn, earlier than first frosts.[12]

Quince can also be used as rootstock for sure pear cultivars.[12] The resultant chimera is known as + Pirocydonia danielii.

In Europe, quinces are generally grown in central and southern areas the place the summers are sufficiently sizzling for the fruit to completely ripen. They aren’t grown in giant quantities; usually one or two quince timber are grown in a blended orchard with a number of apples and different fruit timber. Within the 18th-century New England colonies, for instance, there was at all times a quince on the decrease nook of the vegetable backyard, Ann Leighton notes in information of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Newburyport, Massachusetts.[15]Charlemagne directed that quinces be planted in well-stocked orchards. Quinces in England are first recorded in about 1275, when Edward I had some planted on the Tower of London.[16]


  • ‘Aromatnaya’
  • ‘Bereczki’
  • ‘Champion’
  • ‘Cooke’s Jumbo’ (syn. ‘Jumbo’)
  • ‘Dwarf Orange’
  • ‘Gamboa’
  • ‘Iranian’
  • ‘kashmiri Bumm tchoont’
  • ‘Isfahan’
  • ‘Le Bourgeaut’
  • ‘Lescovacz’
  • ‘Ludovic’
  • ‘Maliformis’
  • ‘Meeches Prolific’
  • ‘Morava’
  • ‘Orange’ (syn. ‘Apple quince’)
  • ‘Fragrance’
  • ‘Pineapple’
  • ‘Portugal’ (syn. ‘Lusitanica’)
  • ‘Shams’
  • ‘Siebosa’
  • ‘Smyrna’
  • ‘Van Deman’
  • ‘Vranja’ (syn. ‘Bereczki’)[17]

The cultivar ‘Vranja’ Nenadovic has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Backyard Advantage.[19]


In 2017 world manufacturing of quinces amounted to 692,262 tonnes, with Turkey and China rising a mixed 41% of the world whole (desk).

Quinces are appreciated for his or her intense aroma, flavour, and tartness. Nevertheless, most sorts of quince are too arduous and tart to be eaten uncooked; even ripe fruits must be subjected to bletting by frost or decay to be appropriate for consumption. Nevertheless, they might be cooked or roasted and used for jams, marmalade, jellies, or pudding.[12]

As meals[edit]

Some sorts of quince, corresponding to ‘Aromatnaya’ and ‘Kuganskaya’ don’t require cooking and may be eaten uncooked.[20] Nevertheless, most sorts of quince are too arduous, astringent and bitter to eat uncooked except “bletted” (softened by frost and subsequent decay).[21] Excessive in pectin, they’re used to make jam, jelly and quince pudding, or they might be peeled, then roasted, baked or stewed; pectin ranges diminish because the fruit ripens.[22] The flesh of the fruit turns purple after a protracted cooking with sugar by formation of anthocyanins.[23] The very sturdy fragrance means they are often added in small portions to apple pies and jam to reinforce the flavour. Including a diced quince to apple sauce will improve the style of the apple sauce with the chunks of comparatively agency, tart quince. The time period “marmalade”, initially that means a quince jam, derives from marmelo, the Portuguese phrase for this fruit.[24][25][26]

Quince cheese is agency, sticky, candy reddish arduous paste made out of the quince fruit, and originating from the Iberian peninsula. It is named marmelada throughout the Portuguese-speaking world and as carne de membrillo or dulce de membrillo throughout the Spanish-speaking world, the place it’s utilized in a wide range of recipes, eaten in sandwiches and with cheese, historically manchego cheese, or accompanying recent curds. In Chile, boiled quince is widespread in desserts such because the murta con membrillo that mixes Chilean guava with quince.


A uncooked quince is 84% water, 15% carbohydrates, and comprises negligible fats and protein (desk). In a 100-gram (3 12-ounce) reference quantity, the fruit gives 238 kilojoules (57 kilocalories) of meals power and a reasonable quantity of vitamin C (18% of the Every day Worth), however no different micronutrients of great amount.

As drink[edit]

Within the Balkans and elsewhere, quince eau-de-vie (rakija) is made. For a quince rakija, ripe fruits of sweeter varieties are washed and cleared from rot and seeds, then crushed or minced, blended with chilly or boiling sweetened water and yeast, and left for a number of weeks to ferment. The fermented mash is distilled as soon as, acquiring a 20–30 ABV, or twice, producing an roughly 60% ABV liquor. The 2 distillates could also be blended or diluted with distilled water to acquire the ultimate product, containing 42–43% ABV.[27][28] Historically, it isn’t aged in picket casks.

Within the Alsace area of France and the Valais area of Switzerland, liqueur de coing made out of quince is used as a digestif.

In Carolina in 1709, John Lawson allowed that he was “not a good decide of the differing kinds of Quinces, which they name Brunswick, Portugal and Barbary”, however he famous “of this fruit they make a wine or liquor which they name Quince-Drink, and which I approve of past any that their nation affords, although quite a lot of cider and perry is there made, The Quince-Drink mostly purges.”[29]


Quince is without doubt one of the hottest species for deciduous bonsai specimens,[12] together with associated Chinese language quince and Japanese quince, native to Jap Asia.

Cultural associations[edit]

  • Though the E-book of Genesis doesn’t identify the particular kind of the fruit that Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Information of Good and Evil within the Backyard of Eden, some historic texts recommend Eve’s fruit of temptation may need been a quince.[30]
  • In “El licenciado Vidriera” by Miguel de Cervantes, the protagonist develops the delusion that he’s manufactured from glass after he eats a poisoned quince.
  • In Turkey, the expression ayvayı yemek (actually “to eat the quince”) is used as a derogatory time period indicating any disagreeable scenario or a malevolent incident to keep away from. This utilization is likened to the relatively bitter aftertaste of a quince fruit contained in the mouth.
  • When a child is born within the Balkans, a quince tree is planted as an emblem of fertility, love and life.[12]
  • Historic Greek poets (Ibycus and Aristophanes, for instance) used quinces (kydonia) as a mildly ribald time period for teenage breasts.
  • In Plutarch’s Lives, Solon is alleged to have decreed that “bride and bridegroom shall be shut right into a chamber, and eat a quince collectively.”[31]
  • In The Simpsons episode “Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Half One)”, Homer sends Mr. Burns a field of candies with a household picture on the backside. Burns and Smithers eschew the bitter quince log, leaving Homer’s face obscured within the picture.


See additionally[edit]


  1. ^ Postman, Joseph (2009). “Cydonia oblonga: The unappreciated quince”. Arnoldia. 67 (1): 2–9. JSTOR 42955445.
  2. ^ “Cydonia oblonga Quince PFAF Plant Database”. pfaf.org.
  3. ^ Potter, D., et al. (2007). Phylogeny and classification of Rosaceae. Plant Systematics and Evolution. 266(1–2): 5–43. [Referring to the subfamily by the name “Spiraeoideae”]
  4. ^ Daniel Zohary, Maria Hopf, Domestication of Vegetation within the Outdated World: The Origin and Unfold of Cultivated Vegetation in West Asia, Europe, and the Nile Valley, Oxford College Press, 2000
  5. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of backyard vegetation. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  6. ^ Lauffenburger, Olivier (2006). “supurgillu”. The Hittite Grammar Homepage, Akkadian Dictionary – by way of premiumwanadoo.com.
  7. ^ Maimonides (1967). “1:6”. Mishnah commentary to tractate Uksin (authentic Judeo-Arabic אלספרג׳ל (Mossad HaRav Kook ed.). Jerusalem.
  8. ^ Theophrastus. “Quince produces wild quince”. Enquiry.
  9. ^ Skinner, Marilyn B. (2003). “Carmina Battiadae”. Catullus in Verona: a Studying of the Elegiac Libellus. pp. 15ff.
  10. ^ Pliny the Elder. Pure Historical past. pp. xv.10.11.
  11. ^ Lacus Curtius. Apicius.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h
    Carlton, Deb (25 April 2013). Cumo, Christopher (ed.). Encyclopedia of Cultivated Vegetation: From Acacia to Zinnia [3 Volumes]: From Acacia to Zinnia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 885–858. ISBN 978-1-59884-775-8.
  13. ^ “Quince leaf blight”. Royal Horticultural Society. 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  14. ^ “Cedar-Quince Rust”. RMissouri Botanical Backyard. 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  15. ^ Leighton 1986:243.
  16. ^ Fearnley-Whittingstall, Hugh (2011-10-07). “Quince recipes”. The Guardian.
  17. ^ “Agroforestry information quince cydonia oblonga”. agroforestry.co.uk. Archived from the unique on 2006-10-06.
  18. ^ “Quince manufacturing in 2017; Crops/World areas/Manufacturing whole from picklists”. UN Meals and Agriculture Group Company Statistical Database. 2018. Retrieved 19 Could 2019.
  19. ^ Cydonia oblonga ‘Vranja’ Nenadovic”. Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  20. ^ On-line Database: Nationwide Germplasm Assets Laboratory. Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, Nationwide Genetic Assets Program. Germplasm Assets Data Community (GRIN). Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  21. ^ “Quince”. herbs2000.com.
  22. ^ Alexander, S. The cook dinner’s companion. Penguin Australia. p. 609.
  23. ^ McGee, H. (2004). On Meals and Cooking. Hodder & Stoughton. p. 357.
  24. ^ Wilson, C. Anne (1999). The E-book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its Historical past and Its Position within the World At present (Along with a Assortment of Recipes for Marmalades and Marmalade Cookery) (Revised ed.). Philadelphia: College of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0-8122-1727-6.
  25. ^ Harper, Douglas (2001). “Marmalade”. On-line Etymology Dictionary – by way of Dictionary.com.
  26. ^ Ferraz, Rafaela (5 December 2018). “Why Portugal’s Marmelada Tastes Nothing Like Marmalade”. Gastro Obscura. Atlas Obscura. Retrieved Eight December 2018.
  27. ^ “Dunjevača izuzetne arome i ukusa” [Quince brandy of exceptional aroma and taste] (in Serbian). Poljoprivreda.information. 22 November 2003. Retrieved Three February 2020.
  28. ^ “Kako da napravite kvalitetnu dunjevaču” [How to make a quality quince] (in Serbian). Agropress. 11 October 2015. Retrieved Three February 2020.
  29. ^ Lawson, John (1709). A New Voyage to Carolina. quoted in Leighton, Ann (1986). American Gardens within the 18th Century: ‘for Use or For Delight’. p. 242f.
  30. ^ Sturdy, James. Cyclopaedia of Biblical, theological, and ecclesiastical literature.
  31. ^ Wikisource: Lives by Plutarch, translated by John Dryden: Solon

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