The quince is the fruit of a shrub, or small tree, belonging to the Rose family (Rosaceae). The fruit is from two and one-half to three inches in diameter; it is quite hard, acid, pleasant flavored, and fragrant, and is of a yellowish green color. It is never eaten in the uncooked state in this country, because the summers are not long enough for it to ripen; but in Crete, its native home, it ripens, when it is much easier of digestion.