This is a unique and beautifully fragrant fruit belonging to the apple tree family and it originates from Persia and Anatolia or maybe also Greece and the Crimea. The colder country variety is inedible when uncooked as it's got a very astringent and aciduous taste, has a rough and wolly flesh, and is not really juicy when raw. But, once it has been properly prepared, quince proves to be a faithful ally. The aroma of this fruit is quite powerful and will perfume any dish or dessert.
This fruit must be stored apart from other fruits. It is ripe when the skin becomes reddish or golden yellow in colour.
The aroma of quince is quite powerful and will transform any dish or dessert with it's exhilarating perfume. It makes wonderful, highly flavored sauces, stews, jams, jellies, preserves, chutneys and is perfect when mixed to apples.
(1st Quince -Pic by www.upload.wikimedia.org)
(2nd Quince -Pic by www.galerie-breheret.com)