The rock-star, cold-hardy apple from Minnesota.
Pineapple Quince Pear on Quince Provence (Spring 2024)
A sweet quince requiring only 300 chill hours.
Quince (Cydonia oblonga) trees are self-fertile, but will be more productive with a pollen partner. This tree will produce showy, white blooms in spring. It should be pruned in the same way as an apple tree and it is susceptible to fireblight and powdery mildew. Although pear trees can be grafted onto quince rootstocks, the reverse is not true, and quince will not thrive on a pear rootstock.
Pineapple Quince is ripe when it is fully yellow and snaps off the tree easily. The fruit is large, smooth, and golden-yellow, shaped like a fat pear (or a long apple). It is named for its distinctly pineapple flavor when processed into jelly. Here is a recipe for quince candy: Quince Candy. Try it for yourself!
Although quince is no longer a popular fruit in contemporary America, it was revered in Ancient Greece and Middle East as the fruit of love and happiness, and it may have been the infamous "apple" of the Garden of Eden (The biblical name for quince translates as "golden apple".) In Colonial America, the fruit was a valuable source of pectin and flavoring for jams, jellies, and candies. Pineapple Quince was developed along with Van Deman Quince by Luther Burbank in the late 1800's. His goal was to breed a quince that could be eaten with less processing than the hard, tart traditional quinces.
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: cider, jam, baking, jelly
Storage duration: (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: yellow
Flesh color: off-white
Origin: Santa Rosa, CA
Introduced in: 1899
Introduced by: Luther Burbank
Calendar & Geography
Tree Height & Spacing
Diseases & Pests
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile?
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (55% of Standard)
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