Try a “new to you” fruit!
According to Wikipedia, there are many, many culinary fruits in this world. How many have you tried? Seriously, how many?
1) Eat a fruit that you’ve never tried before.
2) Post the fruit’s name, what you thought of it, and a photo in our Facebook group! Alternatively, you can also share on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts.
This objective is something that appeals to me. It was also something I wasn’t certain I was going to be able to complete without some work. I do not live in a cosmopolitan area. I wasn’t certain our grocery store would be able to provide a fruit I hadn’t eaten before. But I found a quince. I had heard of this fruit before, but to the best of my recollection, I had never eaten one.
It was $2.00 and not particularly large. It looked like an apple and/or pear. I figured I would cut it and bite in. But when I looked it up, that was totally not how to consume the fruit. Quinces are astringent. So, I began looking up how to prepare this fruit.
Everything I came across presented quinces like baked apples. Peel them, core them, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, and eat. Sounds good.
But I don’t have sugar and really didn’t want to buy any as I would never use it . . . or if I did it would be for foods I shouldn’t eat. So, I went to a convenience store and took some packets from the coffee area. I spend enough at this business for gasoline that they can spare a few packets of sugar. I did purchase cinnamon, but my daughter likes it and I figure I’ll use it when I cook for her.
I peeled the quince and then cored it. The seeds and the center were more difficult to remove than on an apple. I did not produce two perfect hemispheres.
I also don’t keep lemons or lemon juice on hand. Listen, I consume pretty much a carnivore diet. I forgot to get a lemon to help with the browning. I decided to run out to the convenience store that is near me. I picked up a small container of orange juice. One of the videos I watched indicated that orange juice would be fine and used it herself.
I rubbed the juice on the quince and then sprinkled them with cinnamon-sugar. I then added a little more orange juice to the pan so there would be some liquid in it. I baked these in the oven for about 45 minutes at 375°F. They smelled wonderful as anything with sugar and cinnamon in an oven would.
They looked good too. Upon biting into the quince, the meat was fleshy like an apple. The cinnamon-sugar tasted just like one would expect. Overall, not bad. There did seem to be a taste that wasn’t quite perfect. By the time I arrived at the end, I identified that as the orange juice. Lemon would have been better for this. Or butter. The orange I think shifted the flavor a bit.
The orange juice also removed the seasoning from my pan. I am not happy about that. I am currently re-seasoning the pan as I write this log.
As for the fruit itself, it was fine. This was a bit more work than I would normally want to do. I would not avoid quinces if offered to me, but probably wouldn’t go through the hassle of making these again.