A Lesson in Quince

Posted by F&S

You may recall the other day, when we donned our rain jackets and went outside to face the dreary day.  After we realized that it was perfectly normal for the bald cypress grove to be dropping its foliage, we wandered a bit further towards the vegetable garden.  Here’s what we found.

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Wow, Sharkey!  Not only is it a dreary day, but it's pretty dreary in the gardens, as well!  It seems like just yesterday that we were sniffing all of the pretty flowers in the perennial beds.  I guess winter is marching this way.

1 Wow, Sharkey! Not only is it a dreary day, but it's pretty dreary in the gardens, as well! It seems like just yesterday that we were sniffing all of the pretty flowers in the perennial beds. I guess winter is marching this way.

Look at the berry patch!  There's not a single sweet berry, let alone a single leaf on the canes!

2 Look at the berry patch! There's not a single sweet berry, let alone a single leaf on the canes!

However, now being bare, you can really appreciate the interesting color of the raspberry canes.  They're almost as pretty as the fruit, but those sharp thorns don't look too inviting!

3 However, now being bare, you can really appreciate the interesting color of the raspberry canes. They're almost as pretty as the fruit, but those sharp thorns don't look too inviting!

I see that the guys haven't gotten around to fixing this poor granite post yet that broke in the snow storm.  Maybe they should use a masonry bit and drill a couple of holes and join it together with a steel rod.  Now that's a good idea!!!

4 I see that the guys haven't gotten around to fixing this poor granite post yet that broke in the snow storm. Maybe they should use a masonry bit and drill a couple of holes and join it together with a steel rod. Now that's a good idea!!!

Why, Franny!  Here's some more color!  There's some bright yellow fruit on the ground under these trees!

5 Why, Franny! Here's some more color! There's some bright yellow fruit on the ground under these trees!

Sharkey, don't get too excited by what you're seeing.  This fruit is called quince.

6 Sharkey, don't get too excited by what you're seeing. This fruit is called quince.

Franny, it smells quite aromatic hinting of pineapple, guava and even Bartlett pear.  I think I'll take a bite.

7 Franny, it smells quite aromatic hinting of pineapple, guava and even Bartlett pear. I think I'll take a bite.

Wait, Sharkey!  I wouldn't do that, if I were you!

8 Wait, Sharkey! I wouldn't do that, if I were you!

Quince packs a powerful punch.  They are hard, sour, and astringent when eaten raw.  And this variety doesn't even taste good when cooked.  Martha prefers the pear-shaped fuzzy quince for making jelly.

9 Quince packs a powerful punch. They are hard, sour, and astringent when eaten raw. And this variety doesn't even taste good when cooked. Martha prefers the pear-shaped fuzzy quince for making jelly.

Thanks, Franny.  Once again, you saved me from an unpleasant experience.  Let's go back home and get a safe snack in the kitchen.

10 Thanks, Franny. Once again, you saved me from an unpleasant experience. Let's go back home and get a safe snack in the kitchen.

Comments (9)

  • Glad you two are keeping warm!

  • Good morning girls,
    At first I thought yellow apples were laying on the ground. You girls should go on a lecture tour to tell people all about the plants and trees that are on the farm.
    Geez, we are in the beginning of a new month and at the end of the year. I like this weather as well as the snow but not the ice. We had a lot of ice last year and it is very tricky to try to run on it without getting hurt.
    What are all of you doing this weekend? Cora-Belle, I suppose you will be chasing critters. I wonder what Zoe is doing. I hope she is going easy on her dad but that is asking a lot of Zoe. hehehehehe
    Well, I hope you all have a great weekend and you get to do whatever you want to this weekend.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    As fall draws to a close it seems that all plants are getting ready for the coming winter. I know that I am growing some short dense hair that will keep me warm. The only problem with that is that it is cold for a few days and then it turns warm for another few days. Keeps Mommy and Daddy sniffling with the quick changes. I’ll be glad when winter does get here with the low’s in the 20’s and highs in the low 50’s. Well enough about the weather; what about a nap now? It’s another week almost in the books. Have a good weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Your investigative skills have once again proven very useful. I am glad you did not eat those bitter things. Snow came yesterday and Dad had the best fire going all day long, and I just plopped myself in front of it all day long. Keep warm all and have a good weekend.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Interesting, I never had a Quince, I thought they grown in warm weather areas...I have to go to Florida for a few days and won't be here...so will catch up when I return...Kitty doesn't much like using the computer, and hubby, well he is 'still' learning after 11 years, so can't rely on him posting...he he :(

    have a great weekend everyone!
    delia & Kitty =^1^=

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Your farm looks rather bleak because of cold, wet weather, but I'm sure it will improve tremendously when Spring arrives again. Our yard looks rather similar to yours. Can't wait for it to be drier and a bit warmer-it's been in the 30s&40s lately. I love learning something again today! Have never seen quince so I'm glad to know not to bite any if I ever do find any. Thank you my best friends and great teachers! Hey Cora-Belle, sure hope Kit-Bang is OK and thanks for the comments about caring for Pit Bulls! Hope everyone has a great weekend and stay safe! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hey ladies,
    We don't have quince at our house. You sure look nice in your raincoats. I just haven't gotten used to wearing sweaters & coats. I stand and try to shake it off, I finally give in but I'm not happy at all. Mimi says "too bad little guy" she says it's for my own comfort.....Have a good weekend everybody!
    your pal,
    Rebel

  • hi everybody..our farm/ranch is dreary, too..we have a bush/tree called a flowering quince but that is an entirely diffrent species..thank goodness no bitter fruit on them....Lucinda noticed the other day that perhaps my sight might be failing..so I must go to my vet, Lisa,...I love her...KIt-Bang can't make it to her litter box sometimes..but she is 15 years old too, and Lucinda says to her it is okay..we all are old..Maddox, Rebel, Zoe, Basil, Dudley, KIrby and Delias kitty, you all have a great week-end... chat with you Monday...later Cora-Belle... p.s. frenchies and GK thanks for all the interesting info you provide us fellow doggers

  • Neither rain nor snow nor dreary weather can stop the two of you from your appointed rounds of checking out the farm. Sharkey it looks like you stopped for a moment to model your very smart looking rain coat in photo #5. I finally got to watch your pet segments from MommyM's show online. Please thank her for updating her player. It's much easier to watch now. Franny you look so cute on your mission to relieve that itch that you had. :lol:

    I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Cora-bell that makes me sad that your eyesight may be going. I hope the the vet can help you.

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