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The quince (//; Cydonia oblonga) is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae (which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits). It is a deciduous tree that bears hard, aromatic bright golden-yellow pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear. Ripe quince fruits are hard and tart and seldom eaten raw, but are processed into marmalade, jam, paste (known as quince cheese) or alcoholic beverages.
|Cydonia oblonga fruit and tree|
The quince tree is grown as an ornamental plant for its attractive pale pink blossoms and other ornamental qualities.