800080;">My roommates and I took a trip to the lovely Hmart. For those of you who don8217;t know, the Hmart is an Asian grocery heaven. Mainly Korean, but other Asian delights can be found in the wondrous maze of the Hmart. Walking through the produce section, I spotted a quince. No, not a fifteen year old. A fruit, or vegetable, or sorts 8211; I had no idea, but who doesn8217;t love a good mystery? Google revealed that quince 8211; pronounced 8220;kwins8221; 8211; is the fruit of a small Asian tree, similar to an apple or a pear, and is not usually eaten raw. Due to my recent obsession with the slow cooker, the quince was peeled, chopped into tiny pieces, and cooked slowly overnight. Things got crazy in the morning when this relish was paired with a Manchego Cheese Sauce over Quail Egg Dumplings.
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1 1/16.67 degrees Celsius">2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
Juice of one lemon
800080;">Since this was my first experience with the quince, I perused many articles and recipes online. Most were very high in sugar 8211; something that I was looking to avoid. Everyone who tasted this quince relish agreed that it was perfect 8211; not tart, but not overly sweet either. This combination of sugar and lemon juice brought out the natural delicious flavor 8211; similar to that of a baked apple and pear with a hint of spice! Mmmm, mmmm, amazing!
Peel the quince and chop into very small pieces. In a slow cooker, combine the quince, water, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix well. Cook on low heat overnight or approximately eight hours.
800080;">The quince can be a bit tough to chop, so use caution. It is similar to chopping a butternut squash. The seeds, however, are similar to a pear or an apple 8211; be sure to remove the coarse casing before throwing the flesh into the slow cooker!
800080;">My favorite surprise with this new fruit was its color in the morning. The quince, untouched, has a bright yellow skin and looks like an awkwardly over-sized pear. Once you peel away the skin, the flesh underneath is white. White?!? I know you are probably thinking that red food dye was not one of the ingredients. Well, call this fruit 8220;The David Copperfield8221; because it is full of something magical! And the aroma? Throw out your Yankee Candle room spray 8211; unnecessary after slow cooking this all night
800080;">How could you use this quince relish? On whole wheat buttered toast. On top of scrambled eggs. With manchego cheese on a cracker. In vanilla yogurt. On top of a pork chop! Check back for more ideas later!
800080;">What do you think of the quince? Does anyone have experience with it?