The Quince Tree.

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A common tree in our gardens, of irregular growth. The trunk is thick, and has a brown bark. The branches are numerous, straggling, and spreading. The leaves are roundish, of a dusky green on the upper side, and whitish underneath. The flowers or blossoms are large and beautiful, of a pale flesh colour. The fruit is of the shape of a pear, and has a large crown: it is yellow when ripe, and of a pleasant smell: its taste is austere, but agreeable. The seeds are soft and mucilaginous.

The fruit and seeds are used. The juice of the ripe quince made into a syrup with sugar, is excellent to stop vomiting, and to strengthen the stomach. The seed, boiled in water, gives it a softness, and mucilaginous quality; and it is an excellent medicine for sore mouths, and may be used to soften and moisten the mouth and throat in fevers.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.