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Mystery Fruit
Sun 26-Jun-11
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mairy

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Hi.

 

We have just moved house and found this growing on a bush in the garden. Any ideas what it could be? what_the_heck

 

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Sun 26-Jun-11
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They look like quinces to me, but never seen them that colour, I'm sure someone on the site will know

Sun 26-Jun-11
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No  idea what that might be, I hope you find out.  Welcome to the Forum by the way!  Where are you based?

I'll try that again!

Mon 27-Jun-11
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Looks like a quince to me too, but it should be yellow surprised Never seen one that colour!

Mon 27-Jun-11
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Thanks. We're in Rochdale, so it can't be anything too exotic! Might this blurry picture of the flower help?

 

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Mon 27-Jun-11
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That is almost definitely a quince.

 

And being in Rochdale wont stop them - we get them up here in Durham, where they grow quite readily.

 

BTW, welcome to the forum.

Mon 27-Jun-11
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An amazing colour isn't it?

I'll try that again!

Mon 27-Jun-11
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Looks as though it's a Chaenomeles Aka Japanese quince aka japonica . Don't google pink quince or you'll get an ad for size 10 Brazilian knickers  not familiar with these  do you layer them or take cuttings ! whistle

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Mon 27-Jun-11
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Locally we have one of those but the fruits are not that colour at all and  no - I shall not Google it!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Mon 27-Jun-11
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thanks very much guys,

after some very careful googling it looks like case closed. I can't wait for autumn now to start harvesting, and spring for the lovely flowers.

 

Japanese Quince in Rochdale! I have a lot to learn! I've just inherited the plant but it looks like it may have self layered? I'm sure I'll be back in touch, loving the site...

 

Just one more pic to confirm

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Mon 27-Jun-11
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I've never sliced one in that direction so am a little uncertain now....

I'll try that again!

Mon 27-Jun-11
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Yes, Japanese Quince- though I would check the variety, that one looks rather pippy and may not be much good for jelly...it may be "sargentii",which I've seen described as non-edible and does have fruits that go red with time.Now, non-edible may just mean "only good for jelly' but I would double check with the rhs or similar!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Mon 27-Jun-11
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Thanks for the additional info Kate!

I'll try that again!

Wed 6-Jul-11
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We planted a sapling quince this Spring.  Too soon for fruit, but we did buy a pot of jelly - works wonderfully with a full-bodied cheese.

Just look at his great ears flapping about.

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