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By: 10 Tips for the Newly-Ve(getari)an »

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 15:46:50 +0000

[...] (eggplant), but many, many more that I did like and have since incorporated in my diet.  I now make it a point to try new produce I find, even if I’m not entirely sure what it is or why it has orange [...]

By: Fat Angie

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 18:53:07 +0000

I actually like raw quince. I like to put some sugar or honey on the raw quince, because it'll cut down on the dry mouthfeel. (Then again, I like my sweet guacamole that I made up, with cinnamon and chocolate, so take it for what it's worth). I've recently discovered how delicious turnips are. I made turnip french fries today, and had turnip and eggplant in the vegetable soup I made last night (although, not being a vegetarian, my vegetable soup contained turkey meatballs). I'm using them as a more flavorful potato I don't have to cook as long (the turnip CAN be eaten raw, but it tastes horrible)

By: intransigentia

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 23:09:54 +0000

I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for quince, it sounds interesting. And I can totally understand your not liking eggplant if you've had it done poorly - I don't know your whole eggplant story. But let's just say that right now I'm thinking about the little Indian restaurant near where I used to work that served this fantastic eggplant dish - perfectly cooked, and the mouth-feel of the eggplant bites is like the softest silk - and I'm salivating and having trouble imagining anybody not swooning over it.

By: merri

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:14:58 +0000

ive always wanted to try quince. when i was younger i'd collect recipies from random places and found one card all about quince. but then ive never gotten any to try. maybe i will one day. :)

By: Sara A.

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:04:26 +0000

Clothilde from Chocolate and Zucchini has a few posts about her battles with quince. She recommends boiling them for a short time before shocking and peeling. Her biggest complaint is the woodiness of the uncooked fruit. Most specialty cheese stores sell quince jam. I think it's lovely. To me, quince jam tastes somewhere between pears and apples with spice. Then again to mangoes taste like peaches with nutmeg to me which causes my friends to think I'm crazy.

By: Aleksiina

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 18:30:27 +0000

My parents have a good deal of friends that come from France, so my first experience with quince in my childhood was as a delicious, fragrant "pâte de fruit". Basically strips of dried quince puree dusted with sugar that you eat like candy. It was delicious, and I've wanted to make my own for years but I don't have a dehydrator so it's a little tricky. As for trying new fruits and vegetables, well my dear parents also instilled a deep curiosity in my young self, especially with food. I have really easy access to Indian, Korean, Lebanese and Chinese grocery stores, so whenever I see something I haven't tried I give it a spin. A lot of what I tried I can't even name since the fruits or veggies in question only had native names that couldn't be translated in French or English! But my most recent discoveries are Rambutan, a spiky pink and purple fruit that reminded me of lychee, only better and more fragrant, and Pithaya, fresh dragon-fruit. Both were delicious, and I buy them whenever I can. They should be in season right about now, so don't hesitate if you see some for sale, try it:D!

By: Bronwyn

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 15:27:33 +0000

@Karen- DURIAN omg. I wouldn't be brave enough to even bring it in my house, let alone try it- and that's saying something because I do try to taste EVERYTHING. That said, I unfortunately haven't really tried all that many weird things, at least not lately. When I was 15 or so I got to go to a horticulture convention in Florida and we got to try a lot of really yummy tropical fruits that you can't get anywhere.. Now that I think about it there was a good exploration of fruit tasting in my Hort 101 class a few years ago- Pawpaws are very tasty, and one of my favorite things is BABY KIWI. You can find them in the grocery store sometimes, usually in the organic section and usually really expensive but they are tiny kiwis that you eat like grapes because there's no fur on them. Just wonderful- and actually hardy in cooler areas so you can even grow your own.

By: styleygeek

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 08:32:57 +0000

I love quince. Quince and apple pie is a favourite at my house. Also it can be eaten raw - just slice it very very thinly and top it with strong cheese! The secret is to have more cheese than quince in each bite. (And take small bites! Imagine you are eating something like olives rather than something like an apple.) Similarly, slightly less thin slices of quince sprinkled with parmesan cheese and grilled - yum! The other recipe I use a lot with quince is to poach slices in red wine and sugar, with vanilla bean and cinnamon. Serve with icecream.

By: Cammy

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 04:10:31 +0000

I had a quince tequila during a visit to Mexico a few years ago, awesome!

By: lilacsigil

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:43:08 +0000

Quince and apple crumble is delicious. But wait! You *don't like eggplant*??? I thought the only person in the world who didn't like eggplant was my mother. Eggplant is a magnificent vegetable, and I still love it even though one once stuck a spine in my finger and it took two weeks to get it out.