By Gaius Robinson, Sonoma County Master Gardener
Quince are an easy fruit to grow in Sonoma County and we have another few weeks to harvest them (see accompanying recipes for jam and butter). Quince is the "lost fruit" in this country as far as I can tell. My friend gave me a cook book called,” Simply Quince" by Barbara Ghazarian. Some of the recipes are great, some not as good. BUT her basic premise is super.
I make her "pate de coing" every year. A traditional dessert served in Provence at midnight after Mass on Dec. 24 every year includes fruits, nuts, special bread, nougats and quince paste.
The Spanish, traditionally, have used "membrillo”, another form of quince paste, with Manchego cheese and bread for breakfast. I like it with soft cheese, like Brie, for hors d’oeuvres. Marmelo is the word for quince in Portuguese. They made jam called marmalade out of quince. It was not until 1790, in Dundee, Scotland that orange rinds were used to make "marmalade".