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Quince Paste

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
2 to 3 quinces
1/2 lemon (juice)
2 cups sugar
1 pinch of salt

Nutritional information

40
calories
9 g
carbohydrates
0.08 g
protein
0.06 g
fat
4 mg
sodium
0 mg
cholesterol

Quince Paste

Features:
  • Veg
Cuisine:
  • 30 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

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Quince grow in the same way as apples and pears on deciduous trees. They are not native to the United States, but they are grown in California. And they are not that easy to find; farmer’s markets and boutique grocery stores are your best bet.

Unlike apples and pears, quince do not look appealing and with gray fuzz. That doesn’t entice you to eat a quince. And they do not taste good raw and could be difficult to eat.

But the pleasure of quince is in the cooking of the fruit. They release a delicious scent as they turn from light yellow to pink. Mixed with sugar and water or wine, quince transforms into a delicate treat. Besides making quince paste, you can pour the mixture over ice cream or yogurt or make it into a pie as well.

Health Benefits

Quince is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants as well. This fruit aids in quick weight loss as well.

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How to make Quince Paste

  • Peel and core the quince.
  • Cut into large wedges.
  • Place the fruit in a pot and cover with water.
  • Add the lemon juice.
  • Bring the water to boil and cook the fruit until it's very soft.
  • Drain and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Process the fruit in a food processor or blender until it is smooth, about the consistency of apple sauce.
  • Measure the fruit and check if you have about 2 cups and place it in a heavy-bottomed pot.
  • Add sugar equal to three-fourths of the amount of fruit and stir the sugar into the fruit. (If you have 2 cups of fruit, add 1 1/2 cups of sugar.)
  • Add a pinch of salt.
  • Bring the sugar and fruit to a low boil and simmer, stirring frequently, on low heat.
  • Cook slowly, keeping the mixture barely at boil and stirring often to prevent burning, until the mixture thickens.
  • Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is a thick paste that stays together in a ball. The mixture should seem stretchy and almost dry. The fruit will change color and become a bright orange-red.
  • Pour into a lightly oiled dish and let cool.
  • Slice when firm.
  • Fruit paste will keep for several weeks, covered, in the refrigerator.

Trivia

 Quince is small tree that can reach 16 to 26 feet in height. Quince develops simple, ovate leaves with smooth margins. They are pale green colored due to dense layer of white hairs on the surface.

Ava Murphy

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