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Old 12-24-2006, 08:09 PM   #1
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the fruit "quince"

hello, I was curious if horses can eat quince fruit?

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Old 12-24-2006, 10:19 PM   #2
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Okay, call me crazy or daft or whatever.


What is 'quince' fruit?
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Old 12-25-2006, 12:05 AM   #3
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Quince looks like a pear. I have been told that it is a cross between an apple and pear. But I really am not sure. My friend had a tree with a bunch of them on it, and I thought they were pears, anyway, I wasn't sure if they could eat them. I know they love pears and apples both. And with it being christmas, I thought they might like a different treat, but I can't seem to find anything on the internet .
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Old 12-25-2006, 12:19 AM   #4
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If the quince is built like an apple or pear - a fleshy sweet fruit with small seeds in the flesh, then there is most likely no problem with feeding a few of them to your horses. I've certainly never heard about any problems with quince eating horses.
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Old 12-25-2006, 05:15 PM   #5
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I didn't think so either. Thank you taelesean!
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Old 12-25-2006, 05:32 PM   #6
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I learn something new every day. Thanks!
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Old 12-27-2006, 11:21 AM   #7
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Quinces are not sweet. We have a quince tree in our back yard. It produces wuite a bit a fruit - but I wouldn't call them edible (least not by humans) They are tart and somewhat hard fleshed. They make great jelly and jam - I have made some each year when the harvest is good. They also have largish seeds. Not sure I would feed my horse quinces - think I'd stick with apples.....
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I've made jelly with them, too. But even though I think a horse probably COULD eat a quince they're awfully sour and I probably wouldn't just in case. If you're trying to get rid of a bunch I'd make up some jelly instead of feeding them to the horses.
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Old 12-29-2006, 10:35 AM   #9
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BTW, Quince jelly is really easy to make and delicious. Even though the fruit is yellow the jelly turns a lovely rosy hue during cooking. I made a batch last year and we are down to the last dab now :cry:
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Old 12-29-2006, 10:44 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone! I never did find anything on them, so I didn't feed it to the horses. My friend said her mother-in-law also made jelly out of them. I didn't know they were sour. They smell a little sweet. Anyway just wanted to say thank you and everyone have a SAFE new years!
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