What are Quinces? These pome fruits (like apples and pears) are native to western Asia, but grow here in Western NY, at Blackman and Klumpp Farms in Niagara County.
Quince have a knobby pear shape. They are not eaten raw since they are hard and bitter, but when cooked with a little sugar, look out! Quince are high in pectin and turn a beautiful ruby/orange color with a flowery, tropical aroma. My truck smells amazing when I haul them to the store.
They are popular as a paste, jam, cooked with applesauce, poached, in tarts or paired with cheeses like goat, sharp cheddars and other hard cheeses. Check out the link for recipe ideas and stop by and grab some!