Quince trees often bear fruit the first year, and the quinces are tasty, crisp and aromatic. The quince tree ripens its fruit during the summer, and the quince is easy to grow for baking into quince pie, quince jelly, or several exotic flavorings for fowl and meats. The size of quince fruit varies from lemon size to larger than grapefruit being one of the largest of all tree fruits that are grown in the United States.
The production of quince fruit is reliable from year to year. The new and improved quince hybrids usually mature the fruit in late summer. Most quince trees originated in the Mid-Eastern countries like Turkey, Iran and Iraq, and some historians consider the quince to be the forbidden fruit that supposedly tempted EVE in the Biblical Genesis Scriptures of the Garden of Eden saga.