This spring I planted a quince tree as a total leap of faith since I’ve never before eaten a quince and was not even sure I would like them. Boy am I glad now I did! Raw they are painfully sour and rock hard but once cooked they are delectable – like a firm textured pear with a well rounded flavor. They turn anything apple into something surreal.
There is a little extra preparation involved with quinces but it’s totally worth it.
To prepare your quinces peel, quarter and core them. In a pan combine 4 cups of filtered water with 2 cups of organic sugar, one cinnamon stick and 1/2 a split vanilla bean. Add 4 quinces and simmer until they are soft and just beginning to turn pink. Let them cool, drain and use them in any tart or pie recipe, or serve with a scoop of homemade snickerdoodle ice cream.