Frieda's Specialty Produce - Quince

Overview

What is a Quince?

  • Also known in Spanish as “Membrillo,” Quince is a hard, apple-like fruit with a thick yellow skin and pleasing floral fragrance. The firm, white flesh has a dry texture and astringent flavor when raw. When cooked, the Quince takes on a delicious apple-pineapple-pear flavor. The white flesh also turns a rosy pink color when slowly cooked for hours.

How to Eat

  • Perhaps one of the oldest cultivated fruits, the versatile Quince is an ideal ingredient for fruit chutneys and preserves. It also adds depth to apple dishes, such as pies, crisps and even apple sauce. Simply peel, core, then use in the recipe
  • Make Dulce de Membrillo or quince paste to serve with toast for breakfast, or on a cheese platter with mild, soft cheeses like Brie as well as hard, salty ones like Manchego.

Health Benefits

  • They are a good source of vitamin A, fiber, and iron.

How to Choose

  • Ripe fruits will have a nice yellow color and emit a nice fragrance.

How to Store

  • Let ripen on the counter. Store ripe fruit in the refrigerator and use within a few weeks.

When are they in season?

  • Our Quince are harvested in April and May in Chile and in California during the late summer and early fall.

Where are they grown

  • Product of Chile and California

Recipes

Dulce de Membrillo (Quince Paste)

Dulce de Membrillo (Quince Paste) Dulce de Membrillo or quince paste is a fruit preserve made of quince and sugar, typical of Spain. It is made into a rectangular block, then served with toast for breakfast or on a cheese … Continue reading

Quince Apricot Nut Crisp

Quince Apricot Nut Crisp Ingredients: 2 Frieda’s Quince 8 oz dried apricots, chopped 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup slivered almonds or chopped walnuts 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla … Continue reading

Quince Chutney

Quince Chutney Ingredients: 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 cup apple juice 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon Frieda’s Fresh Ginger, minced … Continue reading