What You May Not Know About Quince

Posted by Sharkey

I was walking across the lawn the other day when I got a whiff of something amazing.  Being a dog with a keen sense of smell, I tracked the aroma to two quince trees laden with fruit.  You may wonder what a quince is and I'm here to tell you.

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Oh my goodness!  Look at all the yellow quinces on Martha's trees.

1 Oh my goodness! Look at all the yellow quinces on Martha's trees.

Quince is a fuzzy pome fruit that looks similar to a pear and is bright yellow when mature.  However, this fruit is only edible when cooked, as it's flesh is very hard, astringent, and sour.

2 Quince is a fuzzy pome fruit that looks similar to a pear and is bright yellow when mature. However, this fruit is only edible when cooked, as it's flesh is very hard, astringent, and sour.

In Colonial times, nearly everyone grew at least one quince tree.  The fruit, which is loaded with pectin, a gelatinous setting agent, was a valued ingredient for making preserves.

3 In Colonial times, nearly everyone grew at least one quince tree. The fruit, which is loaded with pectin, a gelatinous setting agent, was a valued ingredient for making preserves.

However, when Charles Knox developed powdered gelatin in 1890, quince trees grew out of favor.  Sadly, today, quince trees are quite a rarity.

4 However, when Charles Knox developed powdered gelatin in 1890, quince trees grew out of favor. Sadly, today, quince trees are quite a rarity.

Martha grows quince because she loves making quince jelly and when she does, the entire house fills up with its fabulous aroma.

5 Martha grows quince because she loves making quince jelly and when she does, the entire house fills up with its fabulous aroma.

Quince jelly is also a beautiful rosy color and tastes amazing.

6 Quince jelly is also a beautiful rosy color and tastes amazing.

Because of its strong perfume, pieces of quince can be added to apple pie and apple sauce.  You can even make quince pudding.

7 Because of its strong perfume, pieces of quince can be added to apple pie and apple sauce. You can even make quince pudding.

In some countries, quince is made into wine and brandy.  And in the Middle East and Morocco, quince is cooked in meat dishes.  So doesn't it make sense that more people should know about this interesting fruit?

8 In some countries, quince is made into wine and brandy. And in the Middle East and Morocco, quince is cooked in meat dishes. So doesn't it make sense that more people should know about this interesting fruit?

Comments (15)

  • Good morning Sharkey,
    Did Francesca take a day off? Quince? Never heard of it. Never ate it or drank it, that I know of. Karen said she never tasted it either. From your description of the aroma when Martha is making jelly, it sounds like it is delicious. I wonder if that jelly is something you can get in a grocery store. It makes me want to try it.
    Well Glue Squad buddies, how did things go over the weekend? Anyone get into trouble? Anyone do anything exciting? Any parties? Surprise visitors? Shopping sprees? Duck patrol? Barbecues? FOOTBALL? Ah ha, that one got your attention. Hehehehehehehe
    I will check on comments later
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Nice lesson on Quinces! I've heard of the fruit, but never have tried it.

    I remember back when I was a youngster we had a Kumquat tree. Those were delish! :)

    Happy Monday!
    gail

  • Good Morning Sharkey

    So where is your sidekick today? I hope there is nothing wrong and she is just taking a day off.

    Weekend is over they go by just too fast. Maybe we need to insert another day between Saturday and Sunday call it Funday. There you go Saturday, Funday and Sunday!

    Dad had a great birthday weekend. Mom took him to dinner on Saturday night and yesterday he watched football all day and mom made him all his favorite snacks. Mom went apple picking in the morning with her sisters and she came home with all kinds of yummy apples. Then she baked an apple cake and applie pie. Her employees are going to love her today she made them an apple cake for the office.

    I'm sure Ruby was happy her Broncos beat our Eagles BAD yesterday. Too bad the dog killer was still able to play I was hoping for an injury in the mile high stadium :( Oh well maybe next week....

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    What a weekend here at my place. Things were jumping but we didn’t have anyone running into our trees this weekend. All the cars stayed on the pavement where they belong. Now for some good news! The pressure, on Friday, was down to a 39; what ever that reading means. It was up to a 47 last Friday and my vet wants it down to around a 32. Things are looking better for me; I may even get some of the sight back in my eye. Most likely it will be shadows, but I’ll get to keep my eye. Things will work out for me; of that I am sure.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Sharkey & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Hoping Franny is just sleeping in and nothing wrong. These Quince trees sound mighty exciting. Jelly, I am first in line, and pretty pink/red color. Did you say Ruby Red? Wouldn't that be a cool name--Ruby Red Quince Jelly?

    It was a great weekend here in the Rockies. Thought there was going to be snow for the game yesterday, but it moved to the mountains. Oh, my Peyton boy is doing sooooo good. I was really rooting for your Seahawks Dudley and Chewy, until......Mom said they are going to be the ones we will probably face in playoffs, along with the Chiefs. That is o.k., a friendly dog biscuit wager here and there is fine. I wanted to get to the Bronco's Stadium and give that bad man a bit or two. I had to cool my jets though. See, his bad man karma is spreading to the entire team, they are suffering. Kick him to the curb and the Eagles will fly again. Ruby's prediction anyway. Mom said she is getting her MOJO back from her pain in the neck and after Dad's surgery. What is MOJO guys? I can't see anything new around, just her being a busy bee. Oh well, must go cuddle with Dad while he is having coffee. Anxious to hear how everybodies weekend was--Dudley, doing o.k. on the soft food, and Kirby how did the eye doc appt. go?
    Have a GEM of a day all.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Hey, sweet Sharkey, it was so much fun to see you on Martha's blog this morning and such great fun to learn all about those beautiful quince trees with the gorgeous quince fruits! You sure did do a great job explaining all about those beautiful quince! One of our former neighbors had a quince tree and we didn't know how to eat them and now we do! You, Francesca, and GK are all very intelligent and you are so wonderful to share lots of things with us! Hope you all 3 have a great day! We had some strong wind and rain storms all weekend and will have more of it most of this week. This horrible weather hasn't happened for hundreds of years. We've already had 3 inches of rain and will get lots more so it's hard to go outside very much. Nice to hear from Maddox, Gail, and Zoe so far this morning and hope to hear from all the rest of you buddies real soon! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good morning Sharkey,
    So, that's what quince was used for a long time ago. We knew from watching Martha's TV show that she liked quince jelly.
    We had a quiet weekend at home, which was great by me since last week I was in a cage at Dr Becky's. Our Bears did so bad that Papa turned them off & took me for a walk. Mimi got out all the Halloween decorations. Boy, does our house look spooky. This morning there is a fog on the lake and a big, tall blue Heron standing on our shoreline. He's spooky, too!
    That's all the news for today!
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi Y'all,
    Wonderful piece on Quince Sharkey! Mis has never seen the trees but they had an ornamental variety in the yard when they were growing up. Beautiful, scarlet flowers in the spring but it had vicious thorns. She said that occasionally it would produce fruit, but they didn't eat it. She didn't know about the pectin. See, we can always learn something new!
    Oh, what a beautiful weekend! Mis went junkin in Liberty on Friday. Came back with a cast iron cat of all things. A CAT! No offense to our feline glue squadders but I think a likeness of ME is in order. This cat looks spooky too, like one of those arched back Halloween cats.
    Then on Saturday Mis's cousins from Arizona came. Oh how I love those guys. Me and George had to stay in the living room while they ate pizza and talked and laughed. They had a great time! George got so whiney that he got to go sit with them, but that gave me a break from him, so I didn't mind!
    Sunday we spent most of the day outside enjoying this great weather we're having. Dudley, I'm sorry to hear that your weather is misbehaving. Great news Kirby! We'll keep all the positive vibes going your way! Ruby, MOJO is the human version of butt vrooming. It's that wonderful burst of energy when they usually forget exactly how old they really are. This can sometime end badly for them so keep Lynn out of trouble, Okay? HAHAHAH!
    Have a Doggy Good Day Everyone, even you kitty cats!
    Dixie Boy

  • :-) reporting from Kansas!
    Quince? I thought it was going to be about some guy named quince. LOL!
    These fruit reminds me of the Loquad tree we had... Thanks Sharkey girl for the interesting lesson on this Q fruit .
    I don't watch too much football, but my daughter had on the Denver game...wow what a wipeout !!!! I would have like to be a fly on the Eagles locker room wall after the game...poor guys, sometimes it just doesn't come together.

    Have a great Monday everyone! ;-)

    delia
    Kitty =^. .^= and auntie Alex

  • Greetings Sharkey, Maddox, Ruby Slippers and glue squad tribe,
    Happy to see the lesson on Quince trees today. We have seen Quince jelly at farm stands and wondered about it. Wonder what Francesca is doing today?? Maybe she is reading that great issue of MS Halloween ideas.. Mom is poring over her copy.
    Well it certainly was a quick beautiful fall weekend. Dudley, glad you are home from the vet's office. Kirby, glad your vision and eyes are improving. Rebel, my papa turned off the Giants game too... not just your Bears having issues. Dixie Boy, we are happy Mis had an opportunity to find a wonderful spooky iron cat, just in time to decorate for All Hallows' Eve. Ruby, MOJO is like drinking double shot coffee, lots of energy for craft work. Maddox, we thought of you last Thursday watching a fashion show... "Go with your Viscera!" Good comment from that fashion advisor to the designers. Maybe we can tell the same advise to our GS friends, when in doubt..Go with your viscera...hehehe.
    Parting is such sweet sorrow,
    James Byron Dean

  • Boy, what a weekend storm we had here in Southwest WA over the weekend! Lot so of rain and wind. Sophie and Mayer were really starting to get on my nerves, but mom wouldn't let me tie balloons on them and put them out on the porch...I just wanted to see if they would fly! Sometimes mom is NO FUN!! Maybe we'll go to Auntie Lucinda's house the next time it storms. She and James will let me run around and do funny Cheweenie stuff...beware Sophie, you could find yourself in Kansas wondering how you got there! It could happen...just ask James! Must go put my Ruby Red slippers away before the other 2 think about playing with my stuff...later buddies
    Chloe, the Queen Cheweenie

  • Hi Sharkey & Glue Squad Buddies - I don't know if I would like quince jelly or any jelly for that matter, Mom said she hasn't tried it but she does like grape jelly. Thanks for the lesson. Well, did anyone think I was in the doghouse last week? Seems like years since Mom turned on the computer for me, thanks Mom even giving her the puppy eye look, didn't help. Really, I wasn't..Mom's schedule was so crazy she didn't even know her name by week's end. Kirby, glad you are doing with your eyes. Welcome home, Rebel, bet you are glad to be back with Mimi & Papa. Abby & James Dean, interesting game last night, but Mom fell asleep, we are now 4-0. Brutus & Max, congrats to your Mom on her 25th,
    T- Bone & Roxy, hope you had fun birthdays. Ruby, how are those boots working for you? Dudley, hope you are feeling much better after your dental surgery. We had a busy weekend, a double celebration in the family; and I couldn't go to the party either. Mom's aunt/uncle is married 54 yrs and her other aunt is 91 today, so a small surprise party was held yesterday. Dixie Boy & George, I know how your felt when I couldn't join in on the festivities either. Hi to all my friends, hope to be better in posting more regularly ;) .

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Thank you, Sharkey, for this very interesting lesson on quince trees. Not knowing much about them, it was very insightful.

  • ..wow..don't know anything about quinces..but Lucinda does..her grandma used to make quince jelly...that was about a hundred years ago!..she had to go to the dr. for her regular visit for her back..I stayed home... all by myself..it was great..slept, played with toys..and guess what..they brought me more toys..I love this place..but I am worn out..so gotta get some zzzzz's..over and out..Chewy p.s. 12 inches of rain here in the last couple days..good thing we are on a high bank of the river!

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