Factoid: Quince

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quinceI frequently enjoy quince paste with my cheese binges. Now after ages of eating this mystery food, Migraineur got me wondering, just what is a quince?

A quince is a kind of fruit, closely related to apples & pears, which originates from the Caucases. It is a hardy deciduous tree and requires low temperatures (<7C) to flower. It tends to be too hard to eat raw and is usually cooked.

The tradition of turning quince into paste originates from Spain where it was eaten with manchego cheese, and not every cheese you can possibly get your hands on.