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…”


10 thoughts on “Q is for Quince

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

    • Wow! These are Quite disturbing! Shall have to investigate once I return from Cornwall where I have very limited connectivity 😉

    • 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!

    • 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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