Fruit of the Japanese Quince
The Oriental taste in fruit is different from the Occidental. As a rule the fruits developed in the East are somewhat harder in texture, and more acrid in quality than those developed in Europe and America. There is less difference in this regard, however, in the case of the quince that with some other fruits, notably the pear. The Japanese quince has been used by Mr. Burbank in crossbreeding experiments in the development of his perfected varieties.
This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 4 Chapter 7