Smyrna quince

Many are familiar with the shrubby quince (Chaenomeles sp.), the early blooming shrub with coral, red, pale pink or white flowers and small, hard fruit that are sometimes made into jelly. This is a world apart from the edible quince tree (Cydonia oblonga), with large, intensely fragrant yellow fruit that are much used in Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cooking. The fruit pictured are from the Smyrna quince, one of my favorite edible quince varieties, available from Raintree Nursery

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Every fall, the Home Orchard Society holds its All About Fruit show. If you have fruit trees – or are considering planting some – this event ought to be on your calendar. It runs Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 from 10 am to 4 pm. Here’s what you’ll find there:

  • 100s of apple, pear, & other fruit varieties to taste
  • Custom-made (grafted) fruit trees – order at only $12 each
  • Publications on research, disease & insect control
  • Unknown apple varieties identified (bring 5-6 samples of each)
  • Speakers
  • Sales of delicious, home-grown fruit & fruit pastries
  • Vendors of edible trees and shrubs
  • Contests: 2-crust apple pie; largest tree fruit; & longest apple peel

Saturday’s speakers include Portland’s own Vern Nelson (fabulous Oregonian edible gardening columnist) speaking at 11 am on designing the edible landscape, Bob Denman (Red Pig Tools) at 12:15 discussing the ergonomics of tools and tool design; and Susan Dolan (author) at 1:30 discussing preserving heirloom orchards.

Sunday’s speakers include Barbara Ghazarian (the "Queen of Quince") at 11 am discussing and signing copies of her new book "Simply Quince", the first tribute/cookbook devoted to this incredible fruit; Jeanne Brandt (Master Food Preserver and OSU Extension representative) at 12:15 discussing current techniques for home food preservation; and at 1:30, David Karp (freelance writer and photographer, fruit devotee and "Fruit Detective") discusses the greengage plum, which he deems "the most delicious fruit in the world," as well as the next big thing in fruit.

The Home Orchard Society’s All About Fruit Show

When: 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, October 10 & 11
Where: Washington County Fairplex (New), Hillsboro, Oregon.
Admission:
Members: Adults $4, Family $8
Non-Members: Adults $6, Family $10
Become a HOS member at the show, and get in free!
Free Parking

See you there!