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Quince?
Wed 14-Sep-11
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lms_f
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Hello all,

Just stumbled upon this forum and i'm hoping I might find out what this fruit is.

 

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/6147746052_25c.....9e2c40.jpg

 

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6164/6147198341_a41.....498521.jpg

 

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6151/6147197061_101.....0c1c0e.jpg

 

Discovered them nestled away in a bush in our front garden. There are lots of them. I think they could be Quince, but i'd like to know for sure!

 

Thanks for any help 🙂

Laura.

Wed 14-Sep-11
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wave Hello and welcome Laura!  I'm not sure about your fruit but Kate will probably know, or BS or Shelley or Janet...just hang around for a while until one of them comes along. smile

I'll try that again!

Wed 14-Sep-11
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wave Thank you!

I'll hover about 🙂 enjoying having a click about here!

Wed 14-Sep-11
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That's good to know, I'm sure you'll love it here.  Pop over to 'Introduce Yourself'  when you have time to let us know a little more about you.

I'll try that again!

Wed 14-Sep-11
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Hi Laura, and welcome aboard.

The seeds inside your fruit definitely look like the quince seeds that I have dealt with, but the shape of the fruit isn't the same as mine - these look more like a cross between Granny Smith & Golden Delicious !!! eeek The shape of yours are nicely rounded, whereas ours are like large pears in shape, like this.

The aroma of quince is very fragrantly perfumed, and when cooked, the flesh will turn a lovely pink, (see my quince tarte tatin here) although it is usually very hard, astringent and sour when raw.

This is an interesting one!

Have you tried to cook it? Perhaps if you cook one of the fruits, and see what happens!

Wonderful find ok for you!

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Wed 14-Sep-11
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Try a bite of it, that should tell you if it is an apple at least...if it is too hard to bite then it is probably a Quince.

I'll try that again!

Wed 14-Sep-11
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Thanks both!

 

Brightspark, the shape really threw me off too, all the pictures I saw were of Pear shaped ones.

 

They are REALLY hard, even with my biggest sharpest knife, they took some effort! Smelled extremely sour when I sliced it, the kind of sour that I think would knock my head off if nibbled! yell

 

I'll have to try cooking some... and have a nibble, if feeling brave enough! i_am_hungry

Wed 14-Sep-11
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It's the only way you can be sure!

I'll try that again!

Wed 14-Sep-11
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Be careful if you do start to use them - my very first attempt at quince jelly left my hands covered in blisters - they were THAT hard. Yes, really!

Although I think you may have discovered that already  whistle  !!

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Thanks for the warning, brightspark! Yes, think i've discovered that one already.

 

I've just sliced some and started to poach them, to see what happens when cooked, if they change color or whatever... still have the indentation of the knife on my hand from trying to get into the things!

 

Toffeeapple, I nibbled a tiny bit of one (Fiance thinks i've lost the plot and just poisoned myself) so sour it caused a reaction of hopping up and down making a series of "eee oo aaa eep" sounds. I think it tasted quite apple like, but it was hard to tell over the shock of the sourness.

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Wed 14-Sep-11
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A friend of mine who had a quince tree said the way to deal with them is to put them in the oven (presumably fairly low temperature) and bake them a bit, which softens them enough so they can be cut and dealt with further.

And hello and welcome, Laura!

Wed 14-Sep-11
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Hello!

Yes Japonica type quince- makes superb jelly, just chop 'em up ,stew in apple juice and strain,then jelly them...Yum yum.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 14-Sep-11
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Hi - definitely quince, and you can leave them to ripen a bit, they do soften up. They are high in pectin, so even when ripe are fine.

Thu 15-Sep-11
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i just grate the wretched things or wait till the first frost

Thu 15-Sep-11
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Does putting them in the freezer first help with the cutting up problem? I have never tried it because my new quince tree hasn't born fruit this year but it might be worth trying.....???  ponder Mind you I love the smell of them ripening slowly in the fruit bowl. smile

 

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