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Partially a Thanksgiving post, partially Taste of Turkey post, I am officially introducing QUINCE to my repertoire of ingredients and recipes. Ayva in Turkish, quince was a little-known fruit to me before I got here, but poached quince in syrup is a common dessert here (traditional Turkish quince recipe here).

The way I’ve been describing quince is that it sort of looks like an pear with the consistency of a pear (when cooked) and tastes like an apple. Actually, raw quince is really tough and not juicy at all. But roasted or baked with butter and sugar, or in this case crisp topping as well, it turns soft and delicious. Definitely qualifies as a Fall fruit. My next quince recipe will likely be the Turkish version mentioned above.

Recipe for the crisp here.

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