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Quince (Cydonia Oblonga)
A pear-shaped fruit of the rosaceous tree Cydonia oblonga, with yellow skin and yellow scented flesh, which is too sour and hard to be eaten raw. Both the Greeks and the Romans regarded the quince highly and mainly turned it into preserves mixed with honey. Early varieties of what we now know as marmalade were originally made with quince in Portugal and western Spain.