Q is for Quince

Quince, Cydonia oblonga, is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae. The quince, is a small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. Wikipedia

Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food, but the tree is also grown for its attractive pale pink blossom and other ornamental qualities. Unfortunately I haven’t got a photo of the blossom, so hope that the fruit will do.

In the famous children’s poem, The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (1871),

“they dined on mince and slices of quince
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon…”

Q

Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

10 thoughts on “Q is for Quince

  1. Quite Quirky! Qanatwatered quagswaggingharvested Quality QueenofEnglandendorsed quoddamodotative quadrimiumaccompanying Quotidian Quadragenarian quacksalverpotion! Quoz!

    1. Thanks Sammy, I suppose I could have used the latin for an oak tree (Quercus) but the quince came to mind straight away! Odd since Oaks are an English symbol!

    1. Thank you! I don’t know that I have ever had quince jelly, but they sell quince slices in the cheese shop here so I assume it goes with cheese. I must try it!

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