Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Quince ( Cydonia oblonga )

Fruit Warehouse | Quince ( Cydonia oblonga ) | Quince is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species Including brown-tail, Bucculatrix bechsteinella, Bucculatrix pomifoliella, Coleophora cerasivorella, Coleophora malivorella, green pug moth and winter. The immature fruit is green with dense gray-white pubescence, most of the which rubs off before maturity in late autumn when the fruit changes color to yellow with hard, strongly perfumed flesh.

Quince is resistant to frost and requires a cold period below 7 ° C to flower properly. In Europe, quinces are commonly grown in central and southern areas where the summers are sufficiently hot for the fruit to fully ripen. They are not grown in large amounts; Typically one or two quince trees are grown in a mixed orchard with apples and other fruit Several trees: They were so grown in the 18th-century New England Colonies, where there was always a quince at the lower corner of the vegetable garden, Ann Leighton notes in records of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Newburyport, Massachusetts. That Charlemagne directed quinces be Planted in well-stocked orchards. Chaenomeles japonica (Japanese quince) is Sometimes grown as a substitute for quince, though its fruit has an inferior flavor.Almost all of the quinces in North American specialty markets come from Argentina.

When a baby is born in Slavonia (Croatia), a quince tree is Planted as a symbol of fertility, love and life. In parts of Afghanistan, the quince seeds are collected and boiled and then ingested to combat pneumonia.

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