Meech’s Prolific Quince

Quince

Description: Meech's Prolific is a very popular Quince variety that like all quinces, has fruiting and ornamental qualities. A heavy and reliable cropper with very large, pear-shaped fruits that are yellow in colour when they're fully ripe. The fruit has a distinctive scent; sweet and strong! Best when cooked into a smooth puree or Quince cheese (Membrillo), the flesh turns rose pink and softens nicely. Producing large, subtle pink flowers in the Spring and dark green curled leaves thereafter with unqiue twisted branches.

History: Introduced in the USA around 1880. Named after Reverend William Wilter Meech from New Jersey who was a Quince enthusiast. He introduced the variety as the 'Pear-Shaped Orange Quince' in 1883 in his very interesting book, 'Quince Culture'.

Quince Growing Tips: Perform at their best when planted in a sunny position. Happy in most soils as long as they are particularly moist yet well-drained. Easy to look after and not prone to many of the more common fruit problems, although some varieties can be susceptable to Quince Leaf Blite. The fruits can be stored in a cool, dry and dark place on shallow trays for up to three months. Allow the fruits to mature for six weeks before using.

Attributes

  • Uses: Cooking
  • Storing: December
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: Pollination group 2
  • Tip-bearer
  • Picking month: October
  • Relatively trouble-free

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