Food for thought : Quinces

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    Food for thought : Quinces

    Post by Julia Hill on Wed 08 Feb 2012, 4:57 am

    ... the love apple of ancients

    Of Asian origins, this is no humble fruit ... it adds a delicious and almost fudgy decadence to dishes. In ancient Greece it was used as a ritual offering at weddings, in honour of our dear Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. Aristophanes and Ibycus used quinces as a symbol for female breasts in their ancient poems, and was the inspiration of painters such as Antonio Lopez Garcia.

    They dined on mince and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
    And hand in hand on the edge of the sand
    They danced by the light of the moon.
    ~ "The Owl and the Pussycat," by Edward Lear

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