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Something to pucker your kisser

Friday, August 30, 2013

Do you know the name of these fruit ?

If you answered apples . . . you'd be wrong.

If you answered pears . . . you'd be wrong again.

They are quince, and I had no idea that a quince tree (or bush?) would actually bear fruit.

For years there has been a huge quince tree in my flower bed. Each year it would be absolutely covered in blossoms. And many different colors of blossoms. Some blossoms were deep pink (nearly red), some absolutely white, and others were variegated in a variety of combinations.

And the tree grew huge and took over the flower bed. It was taller than the house and I would have to prune it back drastically . . . . which only seemed to make it more tenacious. Finally, we decided it had to come out. So we cut it back and out it came. (My flower bed is really happy to see the sunshine again!)

We have another quince near the fence and it never seemed to thrive. Each year at best it would put on a couple of leafs . . . . never a blossom. And where it was located would have been the perfect spot for it to grow as big as the first one did. But no such luck. It just looked like a stick poking out of the ground. Quite a contrast since both trees were purchased and planted at the same time.

Last Spring we decided to pull it out as well. But time went by and it never happened.

We were surprised when it began putting on leaves . . . and even more surprised when fruit began to appear on it.

I've been watching the fruit grow . . . larger and larger. Then they began to blush which is the sign that they are ready for harvest.

So, today was the day . . . I picked them. Well, they did not want to be picked. They are attached directly to the branch without a stem like an apple does. And did I mention they have large prickly thorns? Yes they do!

Well, after wrestling the fruit off the quince bush I found out that they are as hard as a rock.

It was nearly impossible to cut into them . . . but I finally got one open . . and WOW, are they sour!! If you're looking for something to pucker your kisser, this is it!

Anyway, I decided to make some Quince Jelly and Quince Butter with them. My first attempt at such domesticated fun.

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    I can't eat jelly anymore, but I really enjoyed your blog! emoticon
    1689 days ago
    1692 days ago
    Aren't these surprise flowerings of once thought dead plants FUN? My stepmother has a plum tree that after 25 years is suddenly bearing fruit. Mysteries and treats make life more interesting.
    1692 days ago
    I LOVE learning new things from my sparky friends...your blog made my day! The blossoms are sooo beautiful and the quince is did the canning expedition go? My mother used to can and I always thought it looked like a LOT of work but we surely enjoyed those pickles and canned pears in the winter! emoticon
    1692 days ago
    don't remember if I have ever tried a quince ... will have to go look for them.
    1692 days ago
  • GABY1948
    From the picture I guessed the fruit was pluots....but love this blog...I had never seen a quince! You did great on the jelly and butter...I have never had any quince anything....I just used Quince as a "Q" word on some games...this was very educational.

    Have a great weekend!
    1692 days ago
    I remember my grandmother making quince jelly. Not my fave, but then I rarely eat jams or jellies anymore.
    1692 days ago
    I have this habit of eating the lemon wedges that you get in your water at a restaurant. My friends always look at me with this horrible grimace and puckered mouth saying "Ewwww, how can you eat that!" I love a bit of lemon. It makes my mouth feel fresh and clean after eating.

    I am laughing at your tale of the Quince because I noticed the further I read the more my face started to scrunch up and my lips puckered just thinking about how sour they sound - LOL!

    Let us know who that jam and butter ends up tasting.
    1692 days ago
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  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome!!! Your Quince Jelly and Quince Butter looks Super Good and Yummy. Enjoy it. Let Us know how You and DH like it. Very Proud of You for making it for the first time. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend. Have Fun. Take Care. Love The Pictures too.
    1692 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/31/2013 6:03:00 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome!!! Your Quince Jelly and Quince Butter looks Super Good and Yummy. Enjoy it. Let Us know how You and DH like it. Very Proud of You for making it for the first time. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend. Have Fun. Take Care. Love the Pictures too.
    1692 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/31/2013 6:03:46 AM
    1693 days ago
    1693 days ago
    I have heard of quince, but never tasted it. Now have to make it a mission to taste one! You quince jelly looks delicious! And the blossoms are gorgeous!

    1693 days ago
    amazing, I know nothing about a quince, but I have heard of the jelly, and I bet it is great, one year I made cactus pear jelly, my husband loved it, my one and only attempt at it, oh my I used pliers to get out all the thorns, and still some stayed in my fingers, my DH things it tastes a bit like honey, and beings I d o not like honey, good reason, why I am not crazy about it.
    it looks beautiful, let us know if it is good.
    1693 days ago
    Looks really good! Let us know how the butter & jelly goes over! emoticon
    1693 days ago
    Wow!!! This is amazing!! ........ who knew!? ........ What a blessing! .......... And the pics are beautiful ......Love the blossoms! ...... Looks like it produced a lot? ............. (Maybe you could set up a little stand out front and sell) .............. emoticon Good job!
    1693 days ago
    Very interesting. I have never heard of them. Your jelly is very pretty. How does it taste? Good for you for truing something new.
    1693 days ago
  • EWL978
    Never had them ... they DO look somewhat like pears. Good for you!! I guess that little runt of a bush was just waiting for room to grow.

    Keep on keeping on................
    1693 days ago
    It looks delicious. I've heard of quince, but didn't know anything about them.
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  • GENRE009
    I am not 1oo% sure about this, but isn't quince in the pear family. I made it befire, and you have to cook it. It does taste like a pear.
    1693 days ago
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