May 8th, 2013
The letter is Q
Q is for Quince
Here is the Quince in blossom today along the side garden...
and as it looks in the fall, when it matures to a bright yellow
prominently in ancient literature and classical legends.... It is believed in some scriptural circles that the Apple, translated, was the Quince and it is supposed to be the fruit alluded to in the Canticles,
"I sat down under his shadow with great delight and his fruit was sweet to my taste'; and in Proverbs, ' a word fitly spoken is like Apples of gold in pictures of silver.' The Quince was held sacred to Venus, regarded as a symbol of Love and Happiness. and the 'golden apples' of Virgil are said to be Quinces
All well and good in warm climes where the Quince matures into a soft, juicy fruit, but in colder parts of the world the fruit is hard, more like that of an immature apple or a pear. The rind is rough and woolly and the flesh harsh and unpalatable with an astringent taste.
Not appealing to be eaten out of hand, but perfect for Marmalades or Jelly.
Pare and core the Quinces and cut them up, putting them into water as they are cored, to prevent them from blackening. Put them into a preserving pan with one pound of sugar and one pint of water for every pound of fruit. Boil over a gentle fire until soft. Then put them through a sieve, or mash with a spoon, boil up again and tie down in the same way as any other preserve.
In France, before putting the marmalade into pots, a little rosewater and a few grains of musk, mixed together, are added. (I told you it was a romantic fruit). This is most delicious and among the French, by whom it is called Cotinat, has a reputation for its digestive powers. This I learned from Wikipedia....
For more interesting takes on the letter Q visit here at Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday, with thanks to her and her Quirky Helpers.