it was what I thought. A wild tree laden with quinces!
Fancy these being here by the roadside in the middle of Victoria! On a road I rarely travel. And at the time of year for quince picking!
I picked them and drove away elated. I found myself pondering how these trees (well, bushes really) got to be there. Was there once a homestead where the road now travels? Did someone plant these or did they self seed? I'll never know the answers.
What really amazes me is that the fruit was still on the tree when it was ripe for the picking!! Maybe no-one knew what they were?! This is the best kind of food to obtain. I suppose I was scrumping though it certainly wasn't stealing. These quinces would have gone to waste had I not picked them. They used absolutely no resources in the growing process. No one watered, fertilised or cared for them in any way and...... they were free.
I picked just over two kilos of tiny quinces and am stewing some of them now. I imagine they will be just scrump-tious!
I know where all the wild trees are around our town. I've only found apples. This year one was burnt in a fire and the council radically trimmed another when they reduced the roadside bush. I won't be doing much scrumping this year so this quince windfall cheered me no end.
Do you have scrumping trees near you?