I couldn’t believe what DH was asking me to do.

We were touring 38-room Oliver Mansion, Copshalom, (http://www.memoriesinmotion.net/south_bend.htm).  And, as we were being shown the gardens, DH had picked seeds from a tree. Then he wanted me to stuff them in my purse. Right in front of everyone.

“Nooooo…..they aren’t going to grow, anyway. You can’t start trees from seeds,” I whispered, giving DH “the look“.

Only one of them did.autumns-visit-006.jpg
These days, Quince trees are few and far between. Before touring the Oliver mansion, I had never heard of a Quince tree.

However, the seed that I had grudgingly put in my purse, the same seed DH carefully planted and nurtured, is thriving.

As it ages our Quince tree will develop a bark similar to that of some crepe myrtle trees. Its fruit will be knobby, mottled, hard and bitter, but so fragrant that in ancient times the fruit was used to perfume rooms, much as we use air fresheners today. It is easily transformed into excellent jams, jellies and preserves.

More about Quince trees: http://msucares.com/lawn/garden/msgardens/02/021202.html

  1. [jm.n]’s avatar

    Have you ever tried quince poached. It turns out just like poached pear — mmm, deelicious! I think you are very lucky to have your own tree.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the Iris pix. Hope you’ll come & visit again. Cheers! :o]

    PS: As a young-looking grandma, you must have had your child(ren?) when you were ten!

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  2. jolynna’s avatar

    I WAS only ten when my children were born.

    Just kidding. But thanks.

    I did enjoy the Iris picture and will definitely visit again.

    I have never had quince poached and actually cannot wait to have some fruit to start experimenting.

    It will be another 4 to 5 years though, according to my husband, before our tree will be ready. He also pointed out that I had left out some facts about the rarity of his “particular” variety of quince tree. So when he has time to fill me in on the details, I am going to have to change my Quince post.

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  3. intlxpatr’s avatar

    How cool – that you DID put at least one seed in your purse and that your husband grew it (or you did?) And it looks so healthy and happy!

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  4. [jm.n]’s avatar

    jolynna, Have you tried poached quince yet? I’m curious to see how it turned out for you and whether you liked it. Cheers!

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  5. jolynna’s avatar

    Hi jm.n,

    I have not tried poached quince yet. I can’t wait until our tree is big enough.

    BUT, Martha used quince preserves over the fruit in one of her tarts the other day and said quince was the best preserve to use for that purpose. And she raved about the flavor. So, it does seem quince is “the” fruit .

    Have you had poached quince? If so, did you like it?

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  6. [jm.n]’s avatar

    jolynna, thanks for visiting my blog and heaping good kudos on me…much appreciated!

    The quince, well…Yes…mmm, deelicious! I have to say, ‘though, I no longer cook, so have eaten quince only in a local good quality cheap eats cafe. They usually serve it with a lovely rice pudding and the combination is exquisite, just love it, and it is usually my dessert of choice when I go there. 🙂

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  7. [jm.n]’s avatar

    PS: I forgot to say, isn’t it possible for you to BUY quince at your greengrocer where you are?

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  8. [jm.n]’s avatar

    jolynna, I just had a thought…yes, they do happen occasionaly! Next time I visit the cafe, I’ll ask them for their recipe and bring it to you, if they’re willing to part with their secrets, that is! Cheers!

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  9. jolynna’s avatar

    I would love the recipe jm.n. (If they will part with their secret.)

    Thank you so much!

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  10. [jm.n]’s avatar

    Hi jolynna, Went to the cafe yesterday, the first time in quite a few months, and found out that the owners have changed and also taken their recipes with them…drat! They no longer serve the poached quince…drat, too! However, to make it up to you for this failure, did a google for quince recipes and came up with this link to one of Australia’s oldest-running women’s magazines which always has excellent, easy to follow recipes: it is for poached quince; enjoy! http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=53490.
    🙂

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  11. jolynna’s avatar

    Thank you so much jm.n!

    Since it is going to be awhile before we have quince (I just found out you have to have 2 trees so they can propogate. So we are going to order the next tree), I am going to have to order some quince fruit also. Seriously. You and Martha have me really wanting to try quince!

    I live in a very rural area where quince would be considered exotic and not available.

    The link to the Australian magazine is also interesting too!

    Thanks again!

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  12. [jm.n]’s avatar

    My pleasure! If there weren’t quarantine/customs issues regarding fruit, I’d send you some. Hope ‘though that you are able to locate some fresh quince and have a go at a recipe or two. Perhaps someone nearby may have some preserved that you could order in and use that instead in the meantime? Good luck with the propagation, sounds a bit like lemon trees. 🙂

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  13. Debi’s avatar

    I took one look at the photo with the quince leaves and instantly found myself remembering my childhood home. We had two quince trees (so we had fruit) … but they never really got “tall” like a tree … I always thought of them as our quince “bushes”.

    My mother would regularly have to come out of the house and chase away the neighborhood boys from our quince bushes because the hard fruit made perfect projectiles to throw at unsuspecting neighborhood friends. I don’t have many memories of eating quince although I know my mom fixed some things with it from time to time. My main quince-related memories are playing with my stuffed animals in the leafy shade of the bushes … and running and screaming to escape flying quince and “the boys”. lol

    ~Debi

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  14. Shana Barringer’s avatar

    I have enjoyed this website very much, and was just wondering if any of you know where to get a peach colored quince, my neighbor has one, he saved from the garbage pile, he thought it was dead, but this thing is beautiful. I think I will try to root it.

    Shana

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