Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Quinces and Figs

The cycle of the seasons around the calendar are constantly tossing extra work at we compulsive preservers . As soon as the summer stone fruits are finished, there are pears, the steady harvesting of tomatoes and raspberries, and then quinces make their entrance.
Although the ground in one of the cow paddocks is littered with windfall quinces, according to Lavender, there is nothing as delicious as the carefully picked ones in my wheelbarrow.

No other fruit speaks of Autumn quite the way of the humble, but oh so fragrant quince.

And they are available to purchase by the half case too, for even better value at $10, bring your own box. 
As well as the yearly standing orders the remainder were snapped up as soon as I announced their availability on our local Facebook buy and sell page, so there were quite a few trips down to the quince paddock with the wheelbarrow.

These Portuguese Tarts were a delightful surprise gift from Jo, who buys our quinces every year. Their catering business, Deliciously Devious, has a stall at our local Barossa Farmer's Market each Saturday morning, and I can highly recommend everything they make. These were absolutely sensational and very much appreciated and enjoyed. Such a treat, and so thoughtful of Jo to thoroughly make our day.
 I'm yet to start on cooking with the quinces I've retained, but all of the living areas in the house have bowls of them, just for the fragrance.

  We found more ripe figs on a tree next to one of the leased sheep paddocks when we were doing our daily rounds. I always thought a fig was a fig, but these are called green figs and are super sweet.

I made more fig jam.

Sold some in the farmgate shop, and I might have eaten a few too many, but they are irresistible.

Half of the kitchen table is covered in jars of fig jam waiting to be labelled. I hope the outlets that I supply will want it again this year! 
What's fruiting in your area and how are you making the most of it?


  1. I bought a young quince tree Autumn 2015, and it became quite diseased last year, so no fruit. We dug it up and potted it, and it now looks brilliant, with tons of blossom, so hoping for some fruit this year! I have a recipes for quince jam but don't know about using it otherwise. I adore figs, but sadly my garden is too small for them.

    1. Great to hear that you saved your little quince tree Jacqui. I'll post about some of the ways I use quinces in the coming weeks.

  2. Ohhhhh yuuuuum, quince paste with cheese.

  3. That cheeky Lavender! I can imagine the fragrance of those quinces from here, Sally. And I adore quince paste with cheese, just like Margaret. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Meg:)

    1. Meg, this cow of mine is just too tame, and very bold! But gosh I love her to bits!

  4. Sally I don't think I have ever tasted a quince. They sound like a tasty fruit though. That cow of yours is such a character :-) How could you not love her.


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