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Quince

Market Entrance ~ Home Grown ~ Plants/Seeds
Native to warm-temperate Caucasus region of southwest Asia, the quince is a small deciduous tree related to apples and pears that produces a bright golden yellow pome fruit.

Ripening in late autumn when the
green fruit changes to its almost fluorescent-yellow hue with a hard flesh that is strongly perfumed. 

Quince Historical Uses

Quince figures prominently in the Sephardic cuisine of Middle Eastern Jews. Some biblical scholars believe quince is the fruit mentioned as "apples" in Genesis and Song of Solomon.

Preparation

Tart and grainy when raw, quince must be cooked to be truly edible. Recipes are somewhat difficult to locate.

Storage

End-of-season quince may be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months before the unblemished ripe fruit begin to turn brown and go from firm to mushy.

Early season quince cannot be stored as long.



Cameo Flowering Quince

Street Sign
Quince Street Sign

Quince Paste
Quince Paste

Homemade Membrillo
Homemade Membrillo

Quince & Sour Cherry Preserve
Quince & Sour Cherry Preserve

Iwai Nishiki Flowering Quince
Iwai Nishiki Flowering Quince

Membrillo (Quince Paste) Recipe
Membrillo (Quince Paste) Recipe 


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