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Quince ("pigwa") in Krakow?

BLS 65 | 188
28 Sep 2010 #1
Does anyone know where to find quince (quinces?) in Krakow? I was just introduced to membrillo and would like to try making some myself. Thanks!
pgtx 30 | 3,156
28 Sep 2010 #2
look for "pigwa"...
OP BLS 65 | 188
29 Sep 2010 #3
I understand that pigwa is not appropriate - I am told to search for pigwowiec instead. Can anyone enlighten me on the differences between the two? Also, which would work better for creating membrillo?

Most importantly, are either available in Krakow - and if so, where?
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
29 Sep 2010 #4
Not sure, but I think pigwa is the fruit and pigwowiec is the shrub or tree.
As in figa (fig) and figowiec (fig-tree).
Lukasz K - | 103
29 Sep 2010 #5

There are two different plants.

Pigwa is Cydonia oblonga - a tree (originating from East Mediterranean) rarely planted in Poland (not enough frost hardy). It resembles an apple tree and the fruits also look alike apples. They taste sour but fresh. I know in southern Poland it is more popular than where I live.

Pigwowiec is Chaenomeles - a shrub originating from East Asia. Very popular in Poland also as an ornamental plant (it blooms red in early spring). It has yellow fruits resembling fruits of pigwa in shape and taste (that is why it has a similar name). They are hard and sour. People used to use those fruits as a substitute of lemon when it was hard to get...


1 Oct 2010 #6
I'm pretty sure I've seen some pigwas on Stary Kleparz marketsquare. It wasn't at regular stall, however - but you could look around there.
OP BLS 65 | 188
16 Oct 2010 #7
I have scoured the stalls several times at Stary Kleparz and found nothing. If someone comes across pigwa in Krakow, please let me know - this is the time of year they are supposed to be available. Thanks!

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