Quince (Cydonia oblonga) belongs to the same family as the apple or pear, the family Rosaceae. There is a slight similarity to the pear in shape but it has a bumpy yellow skin. Anyone who has ever attempted to eat it raw will confirm it is rock hard and has the most bitter, astringent taste ever imaginable. A real face puckering experience.
Our preserve is made using only the finest Quince lovingly hand picked when they are perfectly ripe in the autumn. It is a true nightmare to prepare, by way of having the hardest of skins which steadfastly refuses to be parted from its treasure. Then a mind of its own when it comes to how long it will take to melt into lusciousness. However, we think it is well worth the effort and trouble as it becomes a deliciously fragrant preserve which is divine with crumpets and scones. Why not try adding a couple of spoonfuls to an apple crumble for a perfumed treat?