Are The Bushes In My Yard Quince?
Many English homes have chaenemoles japonica bushes in their hedge rows. Many people think of them as ornamentals, and the fruit as decoration, because they taste so terrible eaten raw, but these fruits are actually quince and can be cooked into a beautiful and delicious jam.

These lovely pink to red flowers are the first to bloom in spring and have small yellow fruits that spread a beautiful perfume on warm late summer days.



If you or your neighbors have any hedges that look like this in early spring
Japonica flowers

And they look like this in the autumn...



And the fruit looks like this (that's a tablespoon in the lower right corner) ....

japonicas with tablespoon

You can pick the fruit and make it into a delicious quince jelly, honey or syrup.



How To Make Quince Jelly


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