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Nov 2, 2009 10:11 PM

Quince for foraging (or reluctantly buying)

Anyone know where there might be quince lying around waiting to be used?! My tree had a paltry handful and I left them too long to make decent jam. I can't bring myself to pay the $3.99/lb they were in SF (Rainbow), although I haven't checked BB.

And I'd much rather pick them off a tree where they're going to waste.

It's killing me that I won't have a quince jam stash this year!

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  1. 22nd and Irving had a bunch of nice looking specimens. I can't remember the exact price, but I'm pretty sure it was significantly less than $4/lb

    22nd & Irving Produce
    2101 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

    1. There's a federal quarantine in effect, transporting fruit within San Francisco and most of the rest of the Bay Area requires a certificate from a county, state, or federal agricultural official.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Interesting -- thanks. I had no idea! I suppose I should be grateful for my meager backyard harvest.

        FWIW I did find some on Mission near Ocean Blvd in SF. A produce market opposite Safeway had a few for 89c/pound and a store a couple of blocks up, on the corner of Mission and Norton, had them for $1/pound, although those were a bit old and bruised.

        1. re: bgbc

          Lots of medium-to-large Mexican groceries sell quince. I don't recall the price, but I'm reasonably sure it was less than $4/lb. good luck :)

          1. re: babyfroofroo

            I'm rejecting quince this year because last October I bought a bunch to make quince brandy ala Nigella. After more than a year, my brandy has hardly any taste at all. I'm really disappointed. Any suggestions as to what might perk it up - - some other fruit? I don't trust Berkeley Bowl's quinces anymore.

      2. If you have to buy, Full Belly Farm was selling beautiful (and tasty) quince at the Farmer's Market (Tuesday in Berkeley and other locations I'm sure). Probably on the expensive side, but when I prepared them they were easy to peel, and not buggy at all, so I got a good yield of actual fruit. Not sure if they're still available.