Quince is a fruit that requires some attention before it rewards you with its sweetness. Raw quince are generally not that inviting, they are tough, woody and astringent, they must be cooked to unlock their sweet, fragrant flavors. Poaching quince in liquid with sugar is generally the best way to unlock this fruit’s potential, though it can be used in a variety of other applications.
Quince is a relative of the apple and pear; when cooked, it retains its firmness much like an apple, with a beautiful, floral aroma like that of a pear. Unlike its cousins, however, quince have a unique quality, they turn a startling coral pink hue when cooked. High in pectin, quince can be used to make jam, jelly and quince pudding, or they may be peeled, then roasted, baked or stewed; pectin levels diminish as the fruit ripens. Their strong perfume means they can be added in small quantities to apple pies and jams to enhance the flavor. Adding a diced quince to apple sauce will enhance the taste with the chunks of relatively firm, tart quince. The term “marmalade”, originally meaning a quince jam, derives from “marmelo”, the Portuguese word for this fruit.
Whatever the application, this rare and unique ingredient is sure to impress. The season is short, get them while you can!
Special Shipping Regulations
Quality is paramount in the products we sell. Quince are packed in foam lined boxes to ensure they arrive at your door as beautiful as when they were picked. We recommend shipping via Fedex Standard Overnight, but you can also choose to ship Fedex Express Saver to cooler parts of the country. If you choose to ship via Fedex Ground, Mikuni Wild Harvest will not be liable for any damaged product. Please note that orders placed on Friday will not ship until Monday.