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I want to buy some quince!

uberslop Dec 15, 2008 02:44 PM

Anyone have a grocery store or ethnic food market near them that is still selling quince? My favorite grocery store, Dean's Produce in Millbrae, had them up until a month or so ago, at which point they told me that the season's over -- I'm no quince-grower, but I think the season goes a few months yet, and as I'm hoping to make some quince jam for stocking-stuffers, I'd love it if some other 'hounds could hook me up with a recent quince-sighting around the city.... (Ideally I'd like to find them at a small ethnic food store, and not some schnazzyfazzy market -- but given that I'm not finding them anywhere, I'll take any suggestions you have... thanks!)

  1. Glencora Dec 15, 2008 02:54 PM

    Sorry. I'm looking out the window at my fruit-less almost-leafless tree. Quinces do store well, but even so I doubt you'll find any. Maybe use apples instead?

    1. Dave MP Dec 15, 2008 04:21 PM

      Last week (12/6) they still had them at Alemany Farmer's Market.

      Kuk Jea Market
      2350 Junipero Serra Blvd, Daly City, CA

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      1. re: Dave MP
        uberslop Dec 16, 2008 03:03 PM

        Dave, is the Alemany Farmer's Market different from Kuk Jea? I ask because I called Kuk Jea, and they said they didn't carry them (I even had a friend ask in Korean, because they didn't know what I was talking about when I asked about quince)... Still searching....

        1. re: uberslop
          Dave MP Dec 16, 2008 03:54 PM

          Oops. Yes, totally different.

          I had tagged Kuk Jea since I thought I had seen them there....but then I deleted that part of the post, but I guess I forgot to untag it. Sorry for the confusion.

          Alemany Farmer's Market is the Saturday market in SF.

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        wally Dec 15, 2008 04:41 PM

        Sorry but I saw them at Frog Hollow at the "schnazzyfazzy market " at Ferry Plaza last Saturday.

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        1. re: wally
          uberslop Dec 16, 2008 03:15 PM

          Don't get me wrong, Wally -- I'm a hardcore shnazzyfazzyphile. But I'm thinking bulk here, and am front-ending this stuff with enough sugar to kill a horse, so am thinking the Ferry's finest might be more than I need.... Thanks, though.

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          gordon wing Dec 15, 2008 06:08 PM

          A couple days ago I saw a huge pile of them at Monterey Market in Berkeley. Hopefully, someone closer will show up.

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            gordon wing Dec 15, 2008 06:10 PM

            Oops, here's the link:

            1. re: gordon wing
              gordon wing Dec 15, 2008 06:13 PM

              Monterey Foods
              1550 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707, USA

              Monterey Foods
              1550 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707

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            pamplemousse Dec 15, 2008 07:32 PM

            I've seen pineapple quince at Bi-Rite within the past week.

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              uberslop Dec 15, 2008 11:33 PM

              Thank you all so much! I'll be calling around, driving around, and hopefully making some quince jam....

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                Emilie. Dec 16, 2008 09:11 AM

                There are some in Milk Pail in Mountain View. They don't look as good as a few weeks ago but they're fine. I made some quince jelly myself with them.

                Milk Pail Market
                2585 California St, Mountain View, CA

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                1. re: Emilie.
                  jlafler Jan 3, 2009 06:42 PM

                  They still have 'em. I bought some today.

                2. Glencora Dec 16, 2008 09:14 AM

                  Well, I seem to be quite wrong! Do you all think these are local quinces that have been hanging around or are they from elsewhere?

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                    rahir Dec 16, 2008 09:24 AM

                    Whole Foods in SF still has quince. Don't know if it's local, though.

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                      uberslop Dec 16, 2008 03:01 PM

                      I don't think you're wrong, exactly, Glencora -- but I think we're perched right on the cusp of the season. The main variety for quince in these parts is the Pineapple (most of the ones we see are grown south of Fresno), and supposedly the season runs from August into January or February -- but in those last two months I think they're only coming from South America, and so only available at specialty stores....

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                        uberslop Dec 16, 2008 03:12 PM

                        In case anyone else is looking, I just found some good ones for 2.99 a pound at Noriega Produce, out in the Outer Sunset.

                        Noriega Produce
                        3821 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA

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                          uberslop Dec 16, 2008 03:21 PM

                          And -- last update, I promise -- I found some even cheaper ones at El Chico # 4, also in the Sunset. 1.99 a pound.

                          El Chico Produce Market 4
                          2965 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                          1. Chuckles the Clone Dec 16, 2008 07:01 PM

                            Berkeley Bowl had a big stack of them this evening. California grown. $1.69/lb.

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                              jungleboy Dec 17, 2008 12:19 PM

                              I'm a little confused by "Quince season"
                              A girlfriend of mine in Sausalito has a tree that bears a good amount of fruit but it seems to bear it at a different time each year. I've seen ripe fruit as early as mid-October and as late as early January and it never seems to be the same from year to year.
                              Nonetheless, poached in some white wine with ginger, turbinado sugar and
                              a little blood orange peel they are exceptional, and the syrup cooks down to a heavenly glaze.

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                              1. re: jungleboy
                                uberslop Dec 18, 2008 10:31 AM

                                that (yr quince-poaching) sounds awesome, jungleboy. and if she's got extra in mid-January this year, I'm buying....

                              2. Dave MP Dec 18, 2008 06:39 PM

                                I noticed some okay-looking quinces today at Casa Lucas on 24th St. 79 cents each, grown in California.

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