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 What kind of pear? 
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Post What kind of pear?
We recently moved to Oregon and have several fruit trees in our yard. I can identify the apples but not the pears. they is large, pear-shaped, and fuzzy. I'm trying to include a pic but not sure I have succeeded. [im/Users/cyndiduncan/Desktop/100_2726.jpgg][/im/Users/cyndiduncan/Desktop/100_2725.jpgg]. They are not quite ripe yet.
Can anyone tell me what king of pear I have?. cyndi.ziska@gmail.com
Thanks for any help you can give.

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Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:56 am
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Cyndi, you've got me smiling ... a fuzzy pear? I remember biting into my first 'fuzzy pear' - it nearly turned my mouth inside-out! I figured it 'wasn't ripe' yet, until the nice old woman came out laughing and told me it was a Quince :oops: Before I go on with any more Quince stories ... see if the following website shows it - and the next describes it?

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/i/b/Quince-Smyrna.jpg

"Quince is another fruit related to the apple and pear and the rest of the Rose family. They are a highly aromatic fruit, shaped like large, lumpy, yellow pears. Unripe fruit have a downy skin, while ripened fruit have the smooth texture of its relatives..."

From: http://www.innvista.com/health/foods/fruits/quinces.htm

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Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:16 pm
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Thanks soo much! That is exactly what it is, quince. I would never have guessed. Now I just need to figure out what to do with them. I greatly apprecate the help.

Cyndi

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Viron

It looks like I am also in zone 6. When we bought the house one selling point was the friut trees - we were told apples, cherries, and pears. What a surprise.

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Post Make marmelade ...
Quinces are very good made into marmelade, but they need to be fully ripe. They can be harvested and let to ripe inside. They are very aromatic so place them in the kitchen for a country look and superb fragrance.

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Cyndi:
I palce a quice in my car glove compartment as an air freshener.

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Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:48 am
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Quinces are delicious sliced up and sauted with a little sugar. Then served on short bread with a little whipped cream. Ice cream also works well. Additionally, some folks add them to the apples, when they make pies and sauces.

In some countries, they are commonly used in pastries. They turn pink, good tasting, and aromatic, when cooked.

Mideastern folks sometimes just eat 'em out of hand. Seem to like them like that. It must be an acquired taste. Quinces are bitter. Though reputedly, there are a few varieties of quince that are sweet enough when fully ripe, to be eaten like an apple.

A few generations ago, when every family baked, the quince was a fairly common American fruit tree. Important enough, that once upon a time, Luther Burbank, did a lot of work with them. Accordingly, some are present in his old research gardens.

A few years ago, when I was touring those gardens (in Santa Rosa, CA.), I couldn't resist snitching a few fruits. No one seemed to be harvesting them, and generally speaking, if you don't have your own tree, quince is hard to come by. They were very tasty, and...it was like eating history.

If you don't take a fancy to quinces yourself, consider keeping the tree anyway. I would imagine you can trade your quinces for whatever fruit you find most appealing.


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