How to Select, Eat and Prepare Quince Fruit

Quince, one of the earliest known fruits, is a relative of the pear and apple. But unlike an apple or pear, you can't simply bite into a quince, which has a tough rind and flesh with a less than pleasant taste. It's golden in color, but the flesh turns light pink and becomes sweet when cooked. Quince can be made into jam or jelly, or can be baked or poached as a dessert.

How to Select, Eat and Prepare Quince Fruit
How to Select, Eat and Prepare Quince Fruit (Aleksandra Ozimek/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Quince slices with honey and lime:
  • 4 quinces
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Aluminum foil
  • Quince jam:
  • Cheese grater
  • Ladle
  • Jars
  • 5 quinces (6 cups)
  • 4-1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups sugar

Selection

Step 1:

Look over the collection of quinces at the store.

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Step 2:

Choose one that is firm and yellow. It should be relatively large in size and free of bruises.

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Step 3:

Handle the fruit carefully, as quinces bruise easily.

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Quince Slices with Honey and Lime

Step 1:

Wash and cut each quince into quarters and peel off the skin.

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Step 2:

Use a knife to remove the core with the seeds and any areas that are hard.

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Step 3:

Arrange the slices in a baking dish.

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Step 4:

Drizzle honey over slices and squirt lime juice and water on top. Cover with aluminum foil.

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Step 5:

Bake for an hour at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes until slices are golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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Quince Jam

Step 1:

Wash and halve each quince.

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Step 2:

Grate each quince, including the peel, with a cheese grater. Work around the tough core. You should have about 6 cups of grated quince.

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Step 3:

Fill a large saucepan with 4-1/4 cups water and bring to a boil.

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Step 4:

Add the quince, lemon zest and lemon juice. Turn the heat down and simmer for 10 minutes or until soft.

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Step 5:

Add sugar and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 30 to 50 minutes. Use a ladle to pour the jam into hot, sterile jars. Refrigerate.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Do not try to eat fresh quince. It has a very unpleasant astringent flavor.

References

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