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Biggles !

Help please, apple with a furry skin

We have a tree that has an apple type leaf and a neighbour identified it as a 'sour' apple. This year, the first, we have many fruits developing well but the skin is 'furry'.

I had thought it might be a Medlar but I don't think the Medlar has a furry skin. As ever, I would appreciate some help and guidance here.

TIA

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violet eyes

apple

Maybe it's a quince Biggles

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Biggles !

Apple ? Quince ?

Hi Violet Eyes :0)

No, I'm pretty sure it's not quince. My quince plants have lovely deep salmon pink flowers and then produce the fruit. Funny, this year I have no quince fruits. The flower on the apple was very similar to an apple blossom, white with a bit of pink. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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Welshcookie

Quince

There are several varieties of quince. Lucky you whatever it is.

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Yummy

Medlars

"We have a tree that has an apple type leaf and a neighbour identified it as a 'sour' apple. This year, the first, we have many fruits developing well but the skin is 'furry'.

I had thought it might be a Medlar but I don't think the Medlar has a furry skin. As ever, I would appreciate some help and guidance here.

TIA"

Hi Biggs, Medlars have funny "bottoms" in fact they are also known as the slang name "open ar*e", which describes them perfectly...
.....unfortunately !!

yummy

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Biggles !

apple/quince

tee hee welshcookie, lucky me if I knew what to do with the furry beastie :0)

the quince were a good crop last year.

Hi Yummy, I was wondering if the 'funny bottom' arrived later, but I agree that I don't think Medlars have a furry skin. My neighbour was most explicit in her facial expression that the fruit was very sour; and that sort of fits with the Medlar. It certainly isn't a crab apple. Another new and possibly exciting discovery in teh wasteland we are trying to turn into a garden. We discovered a couple of cherry trees this year!!

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Welshcookie

Apple??

I think the d*gs a*rse would be there from when it was fertilized. Please keep us updated. Jane Grigson says the medlar flower is white. But they are all the same family in the end.

Apple with furry skin

Hi We actually live in Bulgaria and both the medular andthe quince are in full swing right now. The quinces are much larger than an apple, more like a pear shape and lighter than you would expect them to be but they do have a furry skin. The medulars, known as mushmoola out here are actually left to go rotten before they're picked and eaten!! Needless to say I've never tried one!

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quince

My quince tree has white flowers with a pink tint towards the centre. The flowers are larger, but otherwise very similar to apple blossom.

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Biggles !

apple with furry skin is a quince.

Thanks for all the help. We now know it is a quince and been told not to harvest before October. I had not realised there was the 'real' quince which has lovely large fruits now and the Chinese / Japanese quince which I was familiar with. We have the 2 different sorts, side by side now.

Every year here we are discovering new things, some wonderful and some not !!

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Anastasia

Quince

There are many kinds of quince , they range in size .I use some every year that are smaller than plums , & are rock hard.
Cultivated trees can have fruit that is the size of a pear , but most that grow in my area are smallish shrub type trees with fruit that is furry on the outdide.If it is a quince it will be rock hard, & if you cut one open it should have lots of pips.
They make a delicious jelly.

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Nausea Bagwash

Medlars

"We have a tree that has an apple type leaf and a neighbour identified it as a 'sour' apple. This year, the first, we have many fruits developing well but the skin is 'furry'.

I had thought it might be a Medlar but I don't think the Medlar has a furry skin. As ever, I would appreciate some help and guidance here.

TIA"

Medlars don't look like apples

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Nausea Bagwash

Quinces

"Hi Violet Eyes :0)

No, I'm pretty sure it's not quince. My quince plants have lovely deep salmon pink flowers and then produce the fruit. Funny, this year I have no quince fruits. The flower on the apple was very similar to an apple blossom, white with a bit of pink. Thanks for the suggestion though."

Ah, but there are true quinces (Cydonia) and Japanese quinces or Japonica (Chaenomeles). The description above of your quince plants sounds like the latter.

Both are edible but Cydonia has the edge for flavour IMO.

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Jimschick

Quince?

Quince in England grow on prickly shrubs. I have in the past made wonderful 'champagne' out of the fruit. Never heard anyone else doing it, but I'm here to tell the tale so its safe.
Just wash, cut it all up, put in pan, top with water, loadsasugar and just boil.
Then let get cold, strain and put in bottles.
After three weeks the bottles started exploding - it was better than French champagne.
I'm too old to bother now, but the shrubs are still coming up with loads of fruit, even though they were all cut back years ago.

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quince

My quince is a tree, and it's not prickly? When cooked for a long time the fruit turns a beautiful pink colour, and has a unique scented flavour. I love quince jelly, quince 'cheese', and it can be made into pies etc with apple, although you do get a few gritty textured bits.

I'm confused by the prickly shrub...

 
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