Pineapple Quince

January 3rd, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you are still lamenting the fact that you didn’t get to pucker up for new year’s eve this year, then this is the fruit for you!
Pineapple Quince
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★½

Beautiful, smooth shiny lemon yellow skin, jumbly bumpy apple shape with a big snout on the end.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★★

Focused apple flavor with hints of sweet lemon – love the smell.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★½☆☆

Very dry, hard flesh with quite an astringent feel in the mouth.

TASTE Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Eating this raw is like eating the greenest banana you have ever had mixed with a little bit of lemon sour pixie dust – however, not that much worse than a really sour granny smith apple.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

This is my second attempt at quince and at least this one delivered the promised astringency. I don’t really taste anything reminiscent of a pineapple however. I can’t say I understand the general negligence of this fruit though. Sure in its raw state (I know its divine cooked, I know) it tastes like a really bad banana with the texture of a really bad apple and the sour edge of a bad lemon, but a raw cranberry is pretty pathetic and puckery too and yet we all clamor to cook them at Thanksgiving here in the US. Better branding and public relations I suppose.

FRUIT

Quince

VARIETY

Pineapple

PEAK

Fall-Winter

GROWN

Unknown

PURCHASED

Specialty Produce

NOTES

On my post about orange quince, a lovely reader commented that she likes to slice quince, mix with sugar and make refrigerator syrup. That sounded like the easiest quince recipe ever, so I tried it with these pineapple quince. The jar has been marinating for a month now and I dare say the syrup is quite good! That being said, I couldn’t figure out what to do with it, so I poured a little of it out, topped it off with rum and plan to let it sit for another month. What can I say? I was inspired by the limoncello and I’m way more inclined to drink a cocktail than to make a fancy dessert.

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  • Jess Jan 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Oh my goodness — your rum & quince cocktail sounds amazing! What a great idea. I’m going to give that a try next year.

    If you’re ever wondering again what to do with the extra syrup, it goes great poured over the top of a lemon poundcake. Yummmy. :-)

  • Fruit Maven Jan 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Ha ha – but that would require me to make a lemon poundcake!

  • Jess Jan 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Oh, that’s what the grocery store is for. ;-) Just like Julia Child said, that’s why you should only have one cook in the kitchen, so no one will ever know!

  • terry Sep 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    we ate alot of these growing up my grandfather would bring them home i do agree with your comment about ,taste texture,and yep the aroma did remind me of a lemon apple.we would go nuts when they came into the house.

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