I bought some quinces this week because they’re now in season. My grandfather also grows the fruit in Bulgaria – but his are way more delicious and juicy than the ones I found in the UK supermarkets. Discussing the topic with him today, here are some interesting facts about growing quinces:
- You plant the seed and the tree begins producing fruit after two years.
- The plant very much looks like an apple tree.
- The fruit starts to bud in May and they’re ready for picking in October (through to November).
- They can be stored in cool environments and thus, can last through the winter as a supply of fresh produce.
Also – I did not know that Black Radishes exist! My grandfather casually mentioned that he picked some up from his fields… and so I discovered a new variant of a well-known vegetable!
I love learning about the seasonality / production of fruits and vegetables because living in a big city can disconnect you from understanding where your food is coming from… and agriculture still is a basic building block for life.