There's something medieval about Quince trees, and as far as I'm concerned, no fruit-grower's garden is complete without one.
At this time of year the flowers are magnificent, our tree looks like a giant rounded Dog Rose. And later on its harvest hangs like a mass of huge bright yellow pears.
Then comes the dilemma; what to do with them all? Its uses, as far as I'm concerned, are very limited. Quince Jelly, Membrillo, and certain related Jams, are about its limit. I do enjoy thick slices roasted with Chicken or Pork, but otherwise I'm at a blank. I'm already worrying about this Autumn's glut.
Anyway, as you can see by the above, I've kept ours pretty tight; pruning it quite rigorously each Autumn. It's a pleasant tree if only for the drama, but I do wish there was some simple and tasty usage for the fruit which usually ends up on the compost; but even then, I suppose it's doing some good.
NB. If you're thinking of planting one, I recommend the variety 'Vrajna', although I believe one can now buy varieties that are edible straight off the tree. 'Vrajna' is as hard as rock, but probably the best flavoured.