Meet the Quince, Your New Favorite Fruit + 3 Recipes

The quince, pronounced like kwins, is a relative of apples and pears, but it is the sole, distinct member of its own genus, Cydonia. It grows quite well on the rocky hills of places like Iran and Turkey, and it isn’t easily affected by lack of water. In the battle of sun vs. shade, the quince chooses no side. The quince will need plenty of heat and sunlight to grow a full, desirable fruit, though.

A few varieties of this fruit are edible raw, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone with tough enough teeth to tear into most. They’re incredibly tough, and they’re also fairly sour to boot. A website aptly named Fig & Quince has this to say about quinces:

Quince (called beh in Farsi) is a fruit that is so aloof it may as well be a root vegetable.   Often sporting a bit of mossy fuzz, quince is a homely yellowish thing with a thick skin you are well advised not to attempt to bite into (unless you have a great dental plan) and a flesh that tastes sour, astringent and … dare one say …  somewhat reminiscent of a raw potato!  But make no mistake:  our seemingly ungainly friend has many enchanting graces.

Ever-faithful Pinterest has a few suggestions on how you can turn what seems like a yellow orb of inedible sourness (the “seemingly ungainly friend”) into something much more appetizing.

1. Quince Paste with Vanilla, Star Anise, and Cardamom

Quince paste with vanilla star anise cardamom | Tanya Zouev
Tanya Zouev

People often make quince into jams and spreads. We found this quince “paste” to be the most appetizing of all.

Get the recipe here.

2. Stuffed Quince

Fig & Quince

According to Fig & Quince, this fruit has long been recognized for its nutritional value. They even provide an ancient Persian remedy for coughs and sore throats that includes quince.

What we’re more interested in, though, is the recipe for Dolmeh ‘ye Beh or stuffed quince. Get the recipe here.

3. Chamomile Panna Cotta with Quince

Bon Appetit
Bon Appétit

Dessert, anyone? Bon Appétit comes through stunningly as always with their quince and chamomile panna cotta recipe.

Get the recipe here.

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