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A Bit about Quince

Quince is kind of an odd fruit. Some consider it a delicacy, whereas others may not have ever seen or even heard of it. When we moved to Templeton, there was a tree in our orchard. I was one who was not very familiar with the fruit and I had never tasted it. My mother-in-law was one who had used it to make jelly. I did learn that you don't eat it raw. It must be cooked. Once cooked it is similar to an apple in texture, but it does need something to sweeten it.

The first photo shows you the tree in bloom in March. This next photo show some baby quince a couple of months later.

I took the photo.

In this last photo you can see the tree loaded with fruit in November. It is green and fuzzy. It becomes more yellow as it ripens, but sometimes it has to finish ripening off the tree, inside on a window sill.

As you see in the photo above, this poor quince tree has almost fallen to the ground and the trunk is in terrible shape. Still, though, with almost no care, this tree continues to produce fruit every year. It seems to have a strong desire to survive.

I took the photo.

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SoundNFury wrote on January 27, 2015, 3:07 AM

I have never heard of quince other than a piece of music in my CD collection called "Rinsing Quince" which I never knew what it was about. Now it makes more sense lol.

arthurchappell wrote on January 27, 2015, 3:56 AM

Guess most people hear of it from the Little Miss Muffet nursery rhyme - never actually tried quince though

bestwriter wrote on January 27, 2015, 4:03 AM

This is news to me. Probably it never grows here.

MegL wrote on January 27, 2015, 4:18 AM

I have never tasted quince, though I have heard of it and of quince jelly. As you say, that tree has a strong desire to survive!

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:36 AM

I know people who have one growing in their garden here in Spain and they use the fruit to make pie´s and jam.

Deema wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:52 AM

I have never heard of it, thanks! I am assuming it does not grow where I am from. Would like to try it though.

VinceSummers wrote on January 27, 2015, 8:03 AM

Yes, I've seen it. As you know, I once thought it was a bush. I've had commercial quince jelly. Between it and apple and crabapple, the apple-like flavors are well-represented. Have you ever heard of a peacherine?

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:42 AM

I have never seen or tasted quince, but I remember reading about it. I like the sound of the word, wordaholic that I am.

BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:49 AM

And I've never heard of that music .

BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:50 AM

I don't remember that being in that nursery rhyme. Wasn't she eating curds and whey? Or are there more verses than I remember?

BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:52 AM

Actually, I'm not thrilled to have acquired the tree, because it's almost impossible for me to peel the fruit. I've seen the quince for sale at Farmers Market and it's not cheap.

BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 12:20 PM

I could see it in a pie.

BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 12:20 PM

It has a wonderful aroma when it's ripening inside.

BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 12:22 PM

It's a fruit you would be more likely to find at Farmers Market or a specialty shop. I've never seen it in a supermarket, either, but I hardy go to supermarkets anymore.

BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 12:24 PM

No. I've never heard of a peacherine. I've heard of and eaten nectarines, though, which are like smooth-skinned peaches.

BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 12:25 PM

It is a nice-sounding word.

arthurchappell wrote on January 27, 2015, 12:38 PM

oops you are right it was curds - not quince - doh! silly me

arthurchappell wrote on January 27, 2015, 12:42 PM

quince is however mentioned in Edward Lear's Owl And Pussycat poem. I just got the wrong nursery rhyme

BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 4:55 PM

That sounds about right.

shaggin83 wrote on January 27, 2015, 10:35 PM

MMM just looking at the fruit on the bottom tree it made me hungry haha. It does remind me of apples. I don't know if I would like it or not but I would love to try it someday. I have never heard of it before this post so thanks for writing this and teaching me something new.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:57 PM

I've heard of quince jelly, but I've never eaten any.

LilyDay wrote on January 28, 2015, 1:28 PM

I'm really not certain if I've ever had quince in anything over the years. I do know, though, that I've never worked with it in my kitchen.

Ruby3881 wrote on January 29, 2015, 5:06 PM

Quince is the last name of a Shakespeare character. Peter Quince is one of the mummers in Midsummer Night's Dream . There is also a reference to "pomegranate and quince" in the song "Wintry Queen," by Gwydion Pennderwen.

I've only tried quince the once, and must admit I probably didn't prepare it very well. We knew enough to cook it, but I don't think we sweetened it enough.

Ruby3881 wrote on January 29, 2015, 5:09 PM

I've always liked the sound of the word, too. I have to wonder if it's the word itself, or if it's because I was fond of Jack Klugman's character, Quincy....