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 Post subject: Mystery apple shrub
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:14 pm 
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Hi there,

My wife and I recently bought a new home in northern California and discovered that the previous owner (an avid gardener) had a few hidden apple trees on the lot. I say hidden because they're small (maybe 4 feet high) and look more like shrubs than trees. I picked one of the apples today, it's fairly large, with a yellow tint (though it's still not ripe). When I cut it open, I found that the flesh is very firm (but also kind of springy) and very sour. Oddly, it also had a ton of seeds (like probably 30 per apple), and the seed area is much larger than a normal apple. Ideas?? Edible??

Thanks! Here's a photo of the apple.

https://goo.gl/photos/236WgxZcpY3f2oDU8


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery apple shrub
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:09 am 
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That's not an apple. Might be quince -- I don't know a lot about quince except that they are very hard and dry, large, and more closely related to pears than to apples. Look into it.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery apple shrub
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:11 pm 
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Wow - what a surprise! I've heard of quince but had no idea that's what a raw one looked like. Thanks so much!


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