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Quinces
Fri 11-Oct-13
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Xahha
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Checked local Waitrose out and the fruit buyer said they have only had fresh ones once in the last 6 years, and not planning on getting any quinces this year. However, spoke to our local market fruit and veg stallholder today and he says they have just become available- did not get any for the stall this week, but will have them next week (hopefully) so I will see what he has and go from there.

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Fri 11-Oct-13
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Have you got your own runcible spoon ?

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Fri 11-Oct-13
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I certainly have a runcible spoon and I also have measuring spoons for a scoosh and a dash and a pinch and the very rare squintumple, to go along with it.

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Fri 11-Oct-13
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Now, that is just showing off! roll_eyes  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Fri 11-Oct-13
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Martin, I have no idea whether they are actual measurements (sound like good old-fashioned English measurements to me), or whether you've just made them up......but I like them big_laugh

(and if you did make them up, you've a jolly good imagination and it was a very smart retort oklaugh)

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Fri 11-Oct-13
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I don't think he made them up, I am fairly sure that I have seen them for sale.  Ah yes, here they are!

I'll try that again!

Fri 11-Oct-13
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That was two of the four, but the rarity value of squintumple means it probably won't be found anywhere and scoosh measurements aren't that common either.

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Fri 11-Oct-13
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Martin - they lie!!

Richard just bought 2 of them in our local Waitrose for 56p - he thinks they were £1.75 per kilo. He bought them just out of interest as he knew I was fed up with ornamental ones producing such little juice.

Reading your problem of the green taste with dry tone of your jelly reminded me of the recent damson jelly I made. I am sure the damsons were too unripe as I also got that type of taste so added some honey rum to the mix to improve the taste and it worked a treat. I just rushed to make the jelly and didn't stop to try the damsons which someone had kindly picked for me and of course by the time I did taste them it was too late. When I cut the remaining raw ones open they were green inside yell. I've got about 12 kilos of them in the freezer and not too sure what to do with them now what_the_heck

Anyway - I'm going to leave the ornamental quinces for a while to see if they need to ripen off a bit as I now think this is the problem.

I would challenge Waitrose and tell them they are available in Longfield Kent branch.

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Fri 11-Oct-13
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To far from me for the quinces- that was in my nearest large Waitrose that I asked- maybe now they will have some.

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Sat 12-Oct-13
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Fingers crossed you can get some Martin - just to satisfy your curiousity about them. At least that's how I felt when I couldn't get any last year.

By the way my local branch of Waitrose is tiny - it's in a very small semi rural village. However I do know from one of the staff that it is also one of the busiest branches in the South East and regularly has the highest profits of all of the branches - percentage wise.

So you would think the larger branches could get some in but I think they have everything computerised and analysed now so possibly they look at demographic of area and decide if people there will or wont buy a product. The 'real' quinces are lovely and have this strange furry coat on parts of the outer skin - unlike the ornamental ones which are smooth and completely bald.

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Sat 12-Oct-13
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I hope to have them next Saturday, so I will be able to see how they compare after that.

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Sun 13-Oct-13
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Maura
you do know to wash off the fluff before you prepare them don't you...apologies if Im telling you something you already know..

Fri 18-Oct-13
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Well my local market stallholder did not manage to get me any quinces- he tried but none were available from his supplier. Will have to see if I can get some via the 'net.

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Fri 18-Oct-13
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I tracked down some quince- I could have had them for £1 per kilo, but they were collection only from Swindon- I found someone in Lincolnshire who will supply me with some- I suspect it is a tree in the garden as he e-mailed me to say they will pick them tomorrow and send them on to me. Cost me an armani and a legge for postage, but Waitrose have not responded to my query re- what stores are stocking them, so this is the next best thing. I hope I like the taste when they do arrive!

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Thu 24-Oct-13
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My Quinces have arrived- unfortunately Rosie bit the delivery man on the leg, did not draw blood but it must have been painful.

Any way the quinces smell totally different to the ornamental ones in our garden. No odd greeen note and a light fragrance. I have put them in to a basket in the dining room to let them mature a bit more- if I get time next week I will prepare jelly and maybe membrillo as well. We are off to a warmer place after that for a short time. 

I understand they should keep OK. If anyone knows different, could they let me know and I will definitely make them up before we depart.

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