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Portugal quince trees

Cydonia oblonga

Portugal is a well-known quince variety, capable of producing large fruits with a very good flavor when grown in the right conditions.

The fruit is ready for picking at the end of September, which is slightly earlier than most other quinces. However the fruits should be stored indoors (at room temperature) for a few weeks to ripen properly.

Portugal quinces may turn a crimson pink when cooked (depending on how ripe they were). They have a soft texture and mild flavor which makes them particularly suitable for making quince marmalade. They are generally considered the best flavored of all quinces.

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How to grow

Although like all quinces Portugal is a fairly hardy tree, it needs a sheltered location to produce good quality ripe fruit. It prefers a dry climate and is not suitable for the wetter north-west of the UK - it is probably the most challenging quince variety to grow.

Whereas many quince trees have an attractive growth habit, Portugal is not the best choice for a feature tree - it is grown just for the fruit. It works well as a fan-trained tree or just simply allowed to grow up a south-facing brick wall.

Portugal is only partially self-fertile and cropping will be improved if there is a compatible pollinator nearby such as Meech's Prolific or Serbian Gold.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Unknown origins but introduced to England in the early 17th century.

Portugal characteristics

Growing

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