Quince (Cydonia oblonga) is a remarkable fruit originating in Persia and Turkestan, and was known to the Greeks and Romans who dedicated it to Venus or Aphrodite as a symbol of love, happiness and fertility. They are ornamental, medium-sized, flowering trees with pretty blossom and good autumn colour. In May or June the pink/white flowers readily form at the tips of the young Quince shoots.

Quince meeches prolific are mainly grown for their fruit which cannot be eaten raw but make excellent jelly or preserve. They should be left on the tree as long as possible to develop their flavour, provided there is no danger of frost. They usually ripen in late October or early November when they will be golden-coloured and aromatic. Only undamaged fruits should be picked and then stored in a cool, dark place on shallow trays without touching. Allow them to ‘mellow’ before use. They will keep for two or three months.