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Food and quinces

It’s funny, when you look back in history books or American cookery books, one of the reasons that the quinces and cranberries are used so often is because of their natural jelling properties. (Alton Brown)

While he forth from the closet brought a heap
Of candied apple, quince, and plum, and gourd;
With jellies soother than the creamy curd,
And lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon; (John Keats)

Seven pies of sweetest mince, then a ripe and mellow quince, then a quart of tea. Then a pint of cinnamon, next a roasted apple, done brown as brown can be. (John Kendrick Bangs)

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was a Quince that hung
Upon a garden tree;
Papa he brought it with him home,
And ate it with his tea. (Edward Lear)

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat: They took some honey, and plenty of money Wrapped up in a five-pound note. . . They dined on mince and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; (Edward Lear)

Quince features

The quince, first known as the Cydonian apple, was dedicated to the goddess of love; and pears, like apples, are from Paradise. (Amos Bronson Alcott)

The quince comes from Sydon, a town of Crete, we are told by Le Grand, in his Vie privée des François, where may be found a list of the origin of most of our fruits. (Isaac Disraeli)

Quinces are large, more or less bumpy, conical, ovoid or pear-shaped fruits depending on the variety. When fully grown, a tree can produce up to 100 kilos of fruit. (Thierry Delahaye)

The quince tree is more cold, it is like cunning, which is sometimes useless, sometimes useful. But its wood and leaves are not very useful for human use. On the other hand, the fruit is warm and dry and has a good mix in it. When it is ripe, it does not harm the sick or the healthy when eaten raw. Boiled or fried, it is digestible for both sick and healthy people. (Hildegard von Bingen)

Gardening and quinces

Certain shrubs are good to use for hedge purposes. A hedge is rather prettier usually than a fence. The Californian privet is excellent for this purpose. Osage orange, Japan barberry, buckthorn, Japan quince, and Van Houtte’s spirea are other shrubs which make good hedges. (Ellen Eddy Shaw)

The quinces are harvested from October, after the first fruits have fallen, when they exude a powerful and pleasant aroma, when they are yellow and very heavy… but at the latest before the severe frosts of November. (Thierry Delahaye)

Pink and white oleanders bloom before every door; the quince, the mulberry, the peach, ripen in every garden. (Matilda Betham-Edwards)

There were flowers as well as fruits, of all sorts, in this garden… Here and there were very tall myrtles, and the quince, and obsolete medlars, were discoverable among the other fruit-trees. (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu)

Quotes about gardening

People and quinces

I would like to retire to a quince. Because of the smell. And then because I would be calm there… (Boris Vian)

In this platter, was laid a quince, which An Lu-shan had flung at the Empress T’ai Chen, inflicting a wound on her breast. (Xueqin Cao)

Anyone who judges a person by their appearance also bites into quinces. (Hermann Lahm)

The message plays through his power,
Till it flames exultant in thought,
As the quince-tree triumphs in flower. (Duncan Campbell Scott)

Love and quinces

Why love the woman who is your wife? Her nose breathes in the air of a world that I know. Therefore I love that nose. Her ears hear music I might sing half the night through; therefore I love her ears Her eyes delight in seasons of the land; and so I love those eyes. Her tongue knows quince, peach, chokeberry, mint and lime; I love to hear it speaking. Because her flesh knows heat, cold, affliction, I know fire, snow, and pain. (Ray Bradbury)

Flower o’ the broom,
Take away love, and our earth is a tomb!
Flower o’ the quince,
I let Lisa go, and what good in life since? (Robert Browning)

The fallen hazel-nuts, Stripped late of their green sheaths, The grapes, red-purple, Their berries Dripping with wine, Pomegranates already broken, And shrunken fig, And quinces untouched, I bring thee as offering. (Hilda Doolittle)

Women and quinces

Solid men besought her hand,
Tart was she as quince,
Living in a fairy land,
Waiting for a Prince. (Robert William Service)

Let the palings of her bed
be quince and box-wood overlaid
with the scented bark of yew.
That all the wood in blossoming,
may calm her heart and cool her blood,
for losing of her maidenhood. (Hilda Doolittle)

Life and quinces

A life without brilliance and attentive to the simple is like those quinces with their downy skin and rough appearance which, ripening in the shadows, perfume the air of the cellar — as the body of a saint does after his death. (Christian Bobin)

“We are connected. Nature is like that.
There are a lot of curiosity In the world!
The quince looks like a lion’s face,
What a wise and regal face!” (Fazil Iskander)

Cooking and quinces

Quince may resemble pears and apples, but unlike their fruit brethren, raw quince are inedibly tannic and sour. This means you do have to cook them, but the transformation is dramatic, and well worth your efforts. (Claire Saffitz)

All of a sudden I am seven years of age again. Mam is lifting quince pips with a tin skimmer. She chops the flesh and gives me the cores that I may suck at the golden clinging fruit, which is melting soft, sweet, perfumed, and slips down my throat like cream. (Annabel Abbs)

Bloom and quinces

The flowers bloomed so magnificently
on the quince branches !
Beneath them are violets… (Kawahigashi Hekigoto)

I wouldn’t know how the quince blossoms,
I wouldn’t know how the words sound
in your language… (Anna Akhmatova)

Quotes about bloom

Jam and quinces

From the lower landings he smelled a heady smell of fruit and found Élodie in the workshop, who was helping citizen Gamelin make quince jam . (Anatole France)

The jelly — the jam and the marmalade, And the cherry-and quince-‘preserves’ she made! And the sweet-sour pickles of peach and pear, With cinnamon in ’em, and all things rare! And the more we ate was the more to spare, Out to old Aunt Mary’s! Ah! (James Whitcomb Riley)

Nature and quinces

In summer, the cypress and olive, the pomegranate and laurel trees, the quince and the Byzantine poplar, made all that road lovely. (James Grant)

The face of the farm is nearly hidden in green things, and a colour note of mauve dominates the foliage where wistaria showers. There are climbing roses too, a Japanese quince, and wallflowers and columbines in the garden plot that subtends the dwelling. (Eden Phillpots)

Quotes about nature

Marmalade and quinces

I ate nougat and quince paste. (Simone de Beauvoir)

The quince, which was so generally cultivated in the Middle Ages, was looked upon as the most useful of all fruits. Not only did it form the basis of the farmers’ dried preserves of Orleans, called cotignac, a sort of marmalade, but it was also used for seasoning meat. (Paul Lacroix)

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