What to do with Quince?

When my husband and I moved into our home two years ago, these quince were not doing so well. With a little love they are now blooming like crazy. They bloom in late winter, but their fruit is not ready to pick until fall. Last year these bushes produced a total of about 6 quince fruits. Quince have the consistency of an apple, but are apparently very bitter unless cooked. I say “apparently” because I never got around to trying them last year. I have promised myself to try one this year. I think I’ll make a quince tatain with puff pastry.

The color of these quince looks like a bridesmaid dress I once wore. I like the color on the quince much better.

These particular quince are the “bush” variety (as opposed to the tree variety) and are quite small–about the size of a plum.

The fruit from these quince are a light apple-green color

Birminghamfoodgirl’s first post. Welcome!

Welcome to birminghamfoodgirl’s first post! I am excited to share with you my interests in eating, cooking, planting, and researching food. I am a writer who has an interest in food history and will share thoughts, photos, and some of my cooking conquests and tragedies. I will also share with you some great finds from The Birmingham Public Library Archives and other collections around the country.

I’m excited to be here in Birmingham, Alabama–the warm, sunny South. I am originally from Maryland (I grew up in Annapolis and Hagerstown and spent ten years of my adult life in Baltimore), and when I met my husband (who is from Birmingham originally), we decided to take a chance and move to the Deep South. Never having been to Alabama for any long period of time, I did not know what to expect. I’ve found that the culture here is rich and the people here are some of the nicest I’ve ever met. I look forward to sharing with you my experiences!

Here is my latest experiment. I have been accumulating Twinings Earl Grey loose tea tins for a couple of years knowing I would eventually find something ingenious to do with them. And I’m so tired of buying overpriced herbs at the grocery store in the winter.


The long vine-y looking one on the right is purple basil. I also have some green basil which is growing a bit better than the purple. My dog breathing on them while looking out the window can’t help.


Left to right (top row): sage and thyme, (bottom row) lavender and oregano