Quinces are extremely tasty and aromatic autumn fruit. They are one of the last gifts of autumn, after them only medlars are harvested. However, even fully ripe quinces are not suitable for direct consumption. Then what can you prepare with them?
If you happen to have fresh quinces, you can make the extremely delicious quince jam or oven-baked quinces. These aromatic fruit are great for making autumn quince cake or quince cream.
Well-ripened quinces can be used to make quince marmalade or quince jam with walnuts. They are suitable for making compotes, pestil and even aromatic quince wine or the favorite of many quince brandy.
You can leave the unripe quinces in cool and airy rooms where they will soften while scenting your home.
In case you are not into sweets, cakes or marmalades, you can prepare dried quinces to use later for making tea or oshav.
The quinces are dried in the sun after slicing and blanching them in slightly salted water. They should then be stored in plastic bags or jars with airtight lids.