...Can I eat the fruit from this mysterious tree?

Syntria(8a)July 15, 2013

Hello friends,

I am living in a rental house right now and in the backyard there's this tree that appears to be producing pear like fruit.

I did eat a little bit of one, well chewed and spat a piece out. It didn't taste terrible, though unripe whatever it was.

So, what is this mysterious tree? Edible or not?

Thanks!

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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

maybe quince

Here is a link that might be useful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quince

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 8:26PM
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2ajsmama

Looks like quince - is it fuzzy on the outside, very fragrant but hard as a rock?

You have to cook quince, they're too hard to eat raw (not to mention they don't taste good). Probably not ripe yet either - they should be yellower. You don't say what zone you're in, here quince don't ripen until Oct or so.

Here is a link that might be useful: good picture of quince and recipes

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 9:39PM
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Syntria(8a)

They are hard as a rock for sure. Squirrels are eating them. They are falling off the tree heavily. I'm in Arlington, Texas. My neighbor says he thinks he remembers a former tenant tell him they were Russel Pears.

I'll go feel if it's fuzzy tomorrow morning. I don't think it is though.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 10:06PM
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canadianplant

If the flowers in spring were white, its more likely a pear. IF they were pink or red, it is more likely a quince. Quince also dont get too tall if I am not mistaken either.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 7:28AM
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trianglejohn

The leaves look like my pear tree's. My quince has leaves with rounded ends (no point). The fruit looks like un-ripe pear. They will probably ripen in late August or September if any survive the squirrels.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 1:06PM
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murkwell

I vote pear as well, not quince.

Congrats on the good fortune to luck into a very healthy looking, producing tree.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 1:36PM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

My guess is a Keiffer pear. If it tastes good in a month it was a grafted pear; if it tastes awful its from seed.

I believe it's edible.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 9:57PM
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Syntria(8a)

Well I shall try it in another month! The tree's pretty large, there's probably 100's of fruits on it. I wanna learn how to graft myself so I can take part of it with me when I leave D:

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 11:00AM
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lucky_p

Agree, it looks like Keiffer - but could be one of any number of sand pear hybrids.
Even in TX, its still a ways off from being ripe. Folks who're used to eating those soft, mushy, cloying Bartlett, Anjou, etc. will denigrate Keiffer as being barely edible, but having grown up in the Deep South, where fireblight is a constant threat, Keiffer and its ilk are bomb-proof, and what a pear is supposed to be, in my mind - firm, juicy, tasty, and, yes, gritty!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 12:32PM
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insteng

It looks like a Kieffer to me as well. They will be rock hard until they are ripe even then they will be hard. I prefer them to the soft pears myself. Though you have to peel them to eat them. They also make great pear butter or canning pears. You can also store them for a long time in the fridge.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 4:28PM
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marknmt

Pears are the easiest to graft to. Lucky will tell you that all you need is a little soft light, music, and a glass of wine, and you're halfway there. Or maybe that's me.

In any event, do learn to graft to your pear. It works.

:-)M

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 9:30PM
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