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Can anyone identify this fruit?


I have half a dozen of these fruits in my hedge. I haven't noticed them before ( this is my third summer here, but the hedge has grown a bit wild and woolly)

They are Apple size and shape, with a green, slightly furry looking skin. They don't hand on stalks like an apple, but seem to grow directly on the wood. They don't seem to be ripe yet, as they don't twist off.

I am assuming they are edible, but don't want to try without knowing what they are. If they are, how would I use them?

I would love to know what they are, if anyone recognises them.

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Hi Whydothis

I am intrigued by it now, and hope you get an idea of what it is. It does look apple-like... but the way it's growing (seemingly out of the wood) - it's quite strange.

Zest :-)


Is it a round pear? :-)

I have just looked up varieties of pear, and can't find one with no stalk, so I don' think so.

Activity2004Administrator in reply to Whydothis

Thank you for letting me know!😀👍🌈

It may be a quince

Whydothis in reply to Catmad10

Ah - I didn't think of that - it looks as though you are right. The description of the unripe fruit on Wikipedia is spot on, and the RHS website says they ripen in October, so that fits. The leaves are smaller than the picture on wiki though. I will have a proper look tomorrow.

Catmad10 in reply to Whydothis

If it is quince then it makes a delicious preserve.

Hello looks like a quince part of the family Apples...

Make amazing jams chutneys and useful in so many ways..

Sour fruit but if use this with the following..

One Red Onion diced sliced..

Red cabbage diced sliced.. Use half cored..

Sultanas half a cup

Red wine vinegar half a teaspoon.

Diced quince cored added..

Mixed Spice half teaspoon


Slow cooker best way to make chutney..

Just add everything Slow Cooker and leave low for two three hours longer left best becomes melts down moorish need no liquid stir now again..

Use fridge stores or freeze zip bags ... sterlised jars..

Whydothis in reply to MrRigatoni

Thank you! I am looking forward to trying them when they are ripe!

Think they are crab apples, very sour to eat.

Whydothis in reply to Vacyone

Crab apples I had in my previous garden were much smaller, and grew on stalks like ordinary apples. These are as big as most eating apples, but with no stalks. I have only met the one variety of crab apple though!

Hi Whydothis. Could it be Quince?


Thank you - but not an ordinary green apple as there is no stalk! Is there a variety that grows like this?

There a certain type of kiwi that looks but the kiwi I'm familiar with is a small furry fruit

yes, its the smaller furry one I am familiar with. I am going to look up all the ideas I have been given.

Are they almond nuts they have a furry skin shell of nut inside like a chestnut

Whydothis in reply to Mabel1924

That's interesting - how big would the overall fruit be? These are between 2 and 3 inches diameter

I think the best thing you could do is send your picture to the RHS at Wisley. There are many things it could be, from almonds to apricots, or even a peach; but whether they are edible or not would require an expert opinion,

Cheers, Midori

Whydothis in reply to Midori

I have been on the RHS website, and I am moving towards it being a quince, but sending the picture to the RHS is a good idea

I think after some investigating I think it's some type of kiwi

Do kiwis grow in the UK? (I am in Norfolk). Also, I think they are a bit too round and firm, but I have never seen unripe kiwis, so I might be wrong.

Yea some of these r probley closer to right answer kiwi are small furry fruit but there are differen kind and the specific one is was a larger than what I'm familiar with

some sort of quince?

Whydothis in reply to sunny369

This is looking like the most likely at the moment!

Thank you to everyone for all these ideas. I have been out walking all day, so I will be glad of an excuse to sit down and look all these things up this evening!

U can try a small bite to tast a shouldn't hurt but spit it out

I will wait until they are riper, and then be brave! I am assuming that all fruit is unripe until it is easy to pick, and these don't twist off yet.

That's pretty neat to watch stuff like that

I have a plant identification app. It says it’s a Chinese quince

Thank you! Does that mean it is edible? I imagine so, once they are ripe.

It looks like quince to me. Can make a sticky ‘jam’ which pairs beautifully with cheeses!

I would say a quince. Though I am guessing! Quince gin is fabulous. 😁

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Pseudocydonia sinensis, commonly called Chinese quince, is a small deciduous tree or large shrub with a dense oval crown. ... Flowers are followed by huge, oval fruits (quinces to 5-5" long) which ripen in fall (October) with a sweetly fragrant aroma. Fruits are edible off the tree or may be used in jams and syrups.

( this is from my plant identification App called “Picture This”)

Whydothis in reply to Balsamfir

Thank you! My fruits are not that big, but perhaps there is time! I have just tried to download "Picture This" but my ipad is too old and out of date!

They do look like Granny Smiths though. You should try the plant identifying app search in Google

Whydothis in reply to MissUnique

The colour, shape and size of the fruit make Granny Smith possible, but they are a bit too furry, and there is no apple stalk.

From all the above, this tree is looking more and more like a quince - possibly the Chinese one, possible the other.

Thank you all for your ideas - I will report back when they are ripe and/or when I get an answer.

They are the fruit of Chaenomeles, the flowering quince not the same as a quince proper but still good for jelly etc

Whydothis in reply to jpipw

That would explain why the pictures of the other quinces show larger leaves! I have just looked up some pictures of this one and it looks even more likely than the Cydonia and Pseudocydonia. Thank you!

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