When choosing a quince, look for a large, fragrant fruit with a smooth skin. Like most fruit, be sure to avoid quinces that have brown spots, as they mark areas of decay. A smooth quince will be far easier to peel than a smaller, knobby one, but otherwise the flavor and texture are the same. Keep reading to learn how to shop for and cook with quince.
The texture and high pectin content of quince lends itself well to jellies, pastes, and preserves. Chances are if you've tasted quince in the US, you've had it in one of these forms. But quince is a fruit with a global reach, both savory and sweet. In the UK, quince is typically employed in desserts, but in the Middle East, where the fruit originated, it's a popular ingredient in savory stews. Quinces have a super short but sweet season, lasting from October to December. Here are some ideas to make the most of it:
- Couple our quince paste recipe, which simplifies the sometimes laborious process, with a block of manchego for an elegant charcuterie board.
- Serve it up sweet in a quince tarte tatin.
- Bring a Middle Eastern flair to your table with this recipe for lamb and quince tagine.
- Use quince for decorative purposes to create a festive holiday centerpiece!
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