Say I love you with quince! These strange fruits, also known as the love apple, are said to be a gift from the Goddess Aphrodite herself. In ancient Greece, whole quince were said to have been placed in the bridal chambers and in Rome, quince were given as a sign of commitment.
Some scholars, think that quince might be the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. It is native to the Caucasus region, is apple shaped, is said to be inedible raw (although our customers would beg to differ) and has a lovely rose aroma. You can use these as a table centerpiece or alternative to flowers in your home. These waxy fruits will keep for a month or two in your fruit bowl and will give off a fruity rose fragrance.
In the UK, quince tends to be used in sweet recipes, like preserves & tarts. In fact, the word marmalade is derived from marmelo, which is Portuguese for quince. In these sweet dishes, quince is usually paired with vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon. In the Middle East, quince is often used in savory dishes, like meat stews.