#10 'Van Deman' Quince (Cydonia oblonga 'Van Deman')

posted Jan 11, 2012, 4:54 PM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated Jan 14, 2012, 1:36 PM ]

'Van Deman' Quince

Burbank hybrid of a European variety (1893). Forms squat, furry, apple-shaped fruit; delicious when fully-ripened and cooked.

Named for Dr. H. E. Van Deman of the USDA. Nearby is Burbank's ‘Pineapple' Quince (1899).

This is one of two quinces still on the market, the other being
the 'Pineapple' Quince. Both are Burbank hybrids.

The 'Van Deman' is edible after it has become quite ripe and only if cooked.
Dr. Van Deman, a friend of Burbank, was a botanist with the U.S.D.A.

Closeup of nearly ripe Quince.