The quinces are finally ripe. My mother called on Saturday morning, giving me the word. Well, we rushed to my clan's residence and got what we needed - that is, loads of quinces.
Ancient Romans used the flowers and fruit of the quince tree for everything from perfume to honey. We will not measure ourselves with that great culture and humbly restricted us to soup and marmalade*.
For both you have first to rub off the pubescence with a dry cloth. If you want to make soup you better peal and de core the fruits. For marmalade you better don't. However both worked so well, we started to experiment, such as creating quince and boskoop marmalade.
If you never had the luck to taste quinces then indulge yourself in a glass of Gewürztraminer or Johannisberger . Their spicy bouquet is full of aromas of ripe quinces.
* Trivia alert: The original marmalades were made from quince - the Portuguese word marmelada means "quince jam".