The quince is in the family Rosaceae, which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits. It is a small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food, but the tree is also grown for its attractive pale pink blossom and other ornamental qualities.
Quince is a very astringent fruit and cannot be eaten raw, but makes delicious compotes and jams. In Latin American countries, "dulce de membrillo" is a very popular treat.