The quince is an under appreciated fruit in most of North America and parts of Europe but is popular throughout the Mediterranean, Middle East and South America. Quince are available only certain times of the year meaning you need to take advantage when they appear!
The most common quince fruit recipes are for desserts, which makes sense as they need to be cooked to be really enjoyed. If you're looking to purchase them fresh, they look like this;
They feel like a very hard apple and have a slightly fuzzy skin. They do need to be peeled and cooked before eating because they have a very bitter taste when raw. Because they need to be cooked in advance it's what makes them ideal for desserts!
Quince taste slightly sweet when cooked, similar to the taste of a cooked apple but the texture of a cooked pear. The following recipes use quince fruit in a variety of ways; in baked dishes, as jelly or jam and poached and served.
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