Quinces are pipfruit and resemble a cross between apples and pears.

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When cooking with quince, it is very important to remove the fuzzy peel, as this contains the highest concentration of bitter compounds. Quinces are usually used to make jam or compote. They can also be used to produce juice. Other uses include baked quince as an accompaniment to meat dishes as well as quince bread, a baked sweet made from thickened sugar and quince pulp.


Because they contain high levels of bitter compounds, quinces are not generally eaten raw.