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    Spring is in the air now that the flowers are out.
    Does anyone else grow japonica.
    The fruits make good jam if they set.

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    Near Worksop on heavy clay soil

  • #2
    I tried making wine with them many years ago, it was not nice.
    If I'm not on here, I'm probably fishing.
    Gardening in the NE of Scotland

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    • #3
      You need to be very patient to make wine.
      It takes an age to mature and become palatable.
      Near Worksop on heavy clay soil

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      • #4
        I gave it two years before binning it, I used to make gallons of wine 30 or 40 years ago, my Dad was the reason, he tried making wine out of everything lol, tomato is another to steer clear of.
        If I'm not on here, I'm probably fishing.
        Gardening in the NE of Scotland

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        • #5
          My Japanese quinces have been flowering for a good couple weeks now, although one is a double variety, so it rarely produces fruit.

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          • #6
            I didn't know the fruit on ornamental quince were edible at all. Certainly very decorative.
            Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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            • #7
              The ones that produce apple sized fruits are easiest to prepare for eating.
              I slice on a pork chop is nice too.
              Near Worksop on heavy clay soil

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Babru View Post
                I didn't know the fruit on ornamental quince were edible at all. Certainly very decorative.
                I'm pretty sure all pome fruit are edible (although some need cooking with a lot of sugar to make palatable, such as rowan and hawthorn).
                Japanese quince fruits are basically a poor man's quince. They aren't quite as fragrant and are generally more sour, but they have a pretty similar flavour and can be used in much the same way.

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                • #9
                  They are most certainly cooking fruit as opposed to desert fruit.
                  Near Worksop on heavy clay soil

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