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Organic Quince Jelly Recipe;
and Other Quince Recipes
What to do with organic quince? Use this quince jelly recipe; and other quince recipes to make quince cakes, stuffings, and desserts. Use quince only when very ripe; it will be a bright and deep yellow. Quince trees and flowering quince produce a very unusual fruit.
Organic quince is an underutilized fruit, but for those who fall in love with its charm and taste find they use it most in a quince jelly recipe or in quince cakes recipes.
You can find a lot of quince recipes on the internet, but take your time and really review the ingredients (focus on organic ingredients that provide natural flavors and nutrition).
Quince can be a little difficult to work with but the unusual, and delicate, flavor makes it worth while; which is why youll find two recipes in this article, one for jelly and one for quince cakes.
The best place to find quince is not at your local grocery store but at local organic farmers markets or specialty organic food retailers. Quince is harvested about the same time as apples, so talk to your organic food suppliers and find out if they have access to quince fruit; it's worth the effort to find this unusual fruit.
History and Lore of Organic Quince
Truthfully, the quince is among the most ancient of fruits. Some people think that the 'apple' of the bible that so effectively tempted Adam was actually a quince. The lovely golden color of the quince made it a favorite fruit in various other historical settings.
For example, in Greece, brides ate quince to sweeten their breath for their new husband. In this region, the fruit represents fertility, love, and a long happy marriage.
Superstition has it that quince seed makes an excellent love charm.
And Roman author and naturalist, 'Pliny the Elder' (Gaius Plinius Secundus; 23 to 79 CE) mentions quince as an effective deterrent from the 'evil eye' when carried on one's person.
Finally an old folk tradition says that if a woman wishes to encourage a proposal, she should rub her body with quince.
In more modern times, the flowering quince is more often used as an ornamental tree, bearing very little in the way of edible fruit.
For the quince trees that do yield, the fruit has a flavor very much like pineapple and mango mixed (although some people feel it tastes more like apples and pears mixed). It is not a very juicy fruit; it has a very delicate, and different, flavor.
The scent is reminiscent of a fully ripened, fresh-picked apple. Quince's delicate and unusual flavor tastes very good in a quince jelly recipe.
Organic Quince Jelly Recipe:
Select organic ingredients to use in this recipe; it will make a different to taste and flavor (and also is better for the environment).
There are a lot of ways to approach quince jelly, but this particular recipe is very simple. If you wish, you can adapt the quince jelly recipe and season it using cinnamon, ginger, allspice, vanilla, or any other aromatic that you would normally enjoy on apples.
Directions: Place the quince into a large non-reactive pot and cover with the water (note that you do not peel the quince for this recipe). While the quince comes to a boil you can prepare your ½ pint jars for canning by sterilizing them and getting all the lids together.
After 15 minutes of boiling, pour off four cups of the quince juice. You may find it necessary to let the cooked quince drip out through cheese cloth to get enough juice.
Next, move the juice back into a clean pot adding sugar and lemon juice along with any chosen spices. Bring to a boil. When the mixture is rolling fully, add the pectin, boiling for one minute longer. Ladle into canning jars and cap.
These go into a hot water bath for 20 minutes. Cool and test the lids before storing. The shelf life for canned quince jelly is about 1 year if kept in a cool dark area. Refrigerate after opening.
Organic Quince Cakes - Recipe
Select organic ingredients to use in this recipe.
Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Carefully grease a 7" springform pan then set it aside while putting together the cake.
Place butter and sugar together in your mixer, creaming until very well integrated. Add the eggs individually.
Next, mix four, baking powder and marzipan together, then slowly pour this into the cream mixture continuing to blend on low. When everything is completely mixed, turn off the blender and hand fold the quince into the batter. If you're planning to use currants, add them now as well.
Pour this into the oven pan, decorating the top with the almond slices. Bake for 45 minutes until a toothpick comes out cleanly from the center. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top if you wish for a pretty appearance.
Serve with a bit of your organic quince jelly recipe while it's still warm.
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