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Pear-shaped fruit of Cydonia oblongata, with flesh similar to that of the apple; sour but strong aromatic flavour when cooked; rich in pectin and used chiefly in jams and jellies; formerly known as ‘the apple and the vine’. The British National Fruit Collection has twenty varieties. Japanese quince is the fruit of the ornamental shrub Chaenomelis lagenaria, hard, sour and aromatic, used in preserves and jellies.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.

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