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Botanical Name(s): Cydonia oblonga
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Cydonia
Species: C. oblonga
Popular Name(s): Bael, Apple Wood, Holy Fruit Tree
Habitat: Found all over deciduous forests in India.

Quince is a small deciduous tree, growing 5-8 m tall and 4-6 m wide, related to apples and pears. Just like the two, it has a pome fruit, which is bright golden-yellow when mature, pear-shaped, 7-12 cm long and 6-9 cm broad. Quince is the only member of the genus Cydonia and native to Southwest Asia in the Caucasus region, which experiences warm temperature. The immature fruit of the plant is green in color, with dense grey-white pubescence. As the fruit matures, its color changes to yellow and it develops a hard and heavily perfumed flesh.

Uses & Benefits of Quince