It is known as the fruit of love in Greek mythology, is believed to be the actual forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, and has origins older than that of its cousin the apple. But what exactly is a quince?
A quince, or cydonia oblonga, is small hard, acidic, astringent tree fruit resembling a small pear that is often grown in the middle east. Quinces come into season in early to mid autumn and are great to use in fall cooking.
Unlike the pear, quince cannot be consumed raw but needs to be cooked down to reduce the acidity of the fruit. During the cooking process the fruit changes from a white color to the warm red we know from our own Quince Jelly here at McCutcheon’s. When prepared properly, quinces have a unique tartness that is simply all its own.
So what do you do with Quince Jelly?