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October 29, 2020

Science > Quince

Quince

Common Name

Quince

Scientific Name

Cydonia oblonga

History

The quince tree is native to Southwest Asia, especially Iran and Anatolia. The first quince trees grew up in the Caucasus foothills. The fruit called Golden Apples in ancient times, was shipped from the Middle East to the Mediterranean region, and from there to the West and through the Silk Road transported to the East and China, known as Golden peach of Samarkand. Quince fruit was widely used all over the world since ancient times till late medieval even it was more popular than apples in some regions and countries. This fruit, thanks to its similarity to pears, was formerly known with the scientific name of Pyrus Cydonia, however; it was later registered as a distinct plant species and known with the scientific name of Cydonia oblonga.



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