What's in Season?

Winter, spring, summer, and fall each offer their own unique fruits and vegetables for distinct seasonal flavor. Learn to choose and use each season's best.

Fall Produce Guide

When the air turns cool and the trees blaze with color, it's time to fill up your basket and taste the autumn harvest.

Fall Quince Guide
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Quince

A quince is a hard, round or pear-shaped fruit that looks and tastes like a cross between an apple and pear. But, unlike the apples and pears they resemble, quinces are inedible raw. With cooking, quinces develop a slightly grainy texture similar to a firm pear and a lovely rosy amber color.

Because their season is fleeting—from October to December—you should get quinces while you can. Look for them in large supermarkets, farmers' markets, and specialty or ethnic stores. They'll fill an entire room with their enticing scent.

Recipes:
Quince Tart with Pine Nut Caramel Glaze
Caramelized Quinces
Quince-Lemon Marmalade
Polenta with Port-Poached Quince and Blue Cheese
Five-Spice Duck Breasts with Caramelized Quince

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