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Quinces
Sun 25-Nov-12
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OlgaO
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I have made several batches of quince jelly, using both jelly bag and steamer method to extract juice. Always used "normal" quinces. I had wonderful quick set using the steamer juice, slower with jelly-bag one. Steamer one produced paler peachy-coloured jelly, while the other method gave me darker, deep-red coloured jelly. Perhaps the colour variation had to do with cooking time as steamer juice was concentrated? 

Anyway, hubby went to London last week and found quinces at his friend's local Turkish grocer in South London- am steaming second batch at the mo!!! Also had reports of Arabic shops (London again, East this time), stocking them. So, middle-eastern grocers seems to be the way to go!

I think I'm getting a wee bit obsessed with quinces...

Mon 26-Nov-12
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Hi Olga - the really helpful chap at Hewitts Farm near Orpington told me to try those sort of outlets for quinces but I don't go up to London unless it's absolutely necessary. The quince seems to have a lot of importance with the Jewish faith and is imported to supply the demands for these and also other nationalities who use quince a lot in cooking. I must ask my dear daughter if she could find me some.

Any chance you have an address for these shops please?

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Mon 26-Nov-12
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Hi Maura, I am at work at the moment so can't dig out the receipt with precise details. However, I know the name of the shop hubby went to is Turkish Food Express, it is on Catford Road, in the Eltham direction. East London one is in Walthamstow, again near the station, is called Akdeniz Gida Pazari, on the Hoe Street, northbound. ( all this off Google Maps, they're great). I believe most Arab grocers along Edgware Rd may be worth a shot, too.
Before hubby went to London I had also found a website selling quinces, it is http://www.marketurk.co.uk
Hope this helps!
Btw hubby paid some 80p a fruit, and there are about 3 in a kilo
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Mon 26-Nov-12
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Thanks for all that info - brilliant welldone

Daughter has said she is at football match on Wednesday (she supports Spurs....well someone has to big_laugh) and she would see if anything around that area (White Hart Lane Tottenham) which has lots of those type of shops so I'm hoping she might be lucky there. I'll have a look at the other places you mention on Google (what did we do before Google??) and see if anything easy to get to if she is unlucky.

Just having my porridge which has quince jelly and plain yoghurt on as a little treat i_am_hungry

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Thu 21-Feb-13
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At last I have some proper quinces bought for me by the daughter from Covent Garden. I got 5 very large fruit for a fiver. They weigh 1900grams in total and are large yellow coloured fruit but no fuzzy hair on them.

So now for the cooking.......I am going to steam them and use the juice for jelly and then add the flesh to my bramley apple pulp to make apple & quince sauce. I hope to be able to process the jars of sauce in a large pan.

Thats the plan anyway wink

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Thu 21-Feb-13
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That seems a good price- wonder if I can get some locally- nice to make some quice jelly and then I can compare to the japonica quince jelly I made last year.

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Thu 21-Feb-13
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That what I was thinking - just finished the last of my supply of quince jelly made from the ornamental ones and I have to say it did mature really nicely. I loved it on yoghurt for breakfast or on porridge....mmmmm.

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Thu 21-Feb-13
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Hi Martin, don't know where in Suffolk you are, but I have seen quinces in a little "ethnic" grocer's in Ipswich two weeks ago! It is on the Buttermarket, couple of doors down from Oxfam, opposite Lakeland and BHS. I will be back there this Saturday and can give you an update..

Thu 21-Feb-13
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About 45 miles from Ipswich unfortunately

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Sun 15-Sep-13
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An update on my japonica quince jelly and its taste since being made last October (2012) - today I decided to see if storing the quince jelly had any effect on the green taste I got when first made. Sadly it is still there- the jelly has become a little softer with storage, colour is about the same, tastes a little sweeter and fruitier, but the overiding taste is the green note which leaves a strong dry taste in the mouth after just eating a little bit off a teaspoon. So no more using the japonica fruits from my garden to make jelly. If anyone can let me know when they see quinces for sale I can try the "real" thing this year.

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Sun 15-Sep-13
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Still don't know why you have this problem with your jelly Martin, I've made jelly from ornamental quince before and not had that issue at all, in fact I'll be doing the same again this year...odd.

Mon 16-Sep-13
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I know Jan, it is very frustrating, but the quinces started out with that taste, and it contunued through the whole process and did not diminish over time- just the wrong variety I expect.

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Mon 16-Sep-13
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I'm not sure it's going to be a good year for UK quinces this year Martin. I called into the farm last week to see if they would have any next month and they told me they had lost all of one crop already (they just all dropped off the tree) and the other crop wasn't looking great either but they will save some or me if they do survive.

So I guess it will be imported ones only (I think the really wet Spring affected the setting of the blooms) but I'm no expert on them.

I am getting a few more contacts now so I'm putting out feelers all the time and hoping I might get some that way.

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Mon 16-Sep-13
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Hi Martin,

Waitrose seem to have them most years but you have to phone them to see when they are due in.  They are fairly expensive but you don't have to have many; theirs are usually huge & very fragrant (imported, of course).  

 

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Mon 16-Sep-13
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Hattie said:

.. theirs are usually huge & very fragrant (imported, of course).  

Probably from Bulgaria...I've got loads in my garden....free for home collection...whistlewhistle

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