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Quince November -


With their powerful scent and sweet flavour, it’s no wonder this fruit is a symbol of wedded bliss. Time to marry them in all types of cooking, says Clarissa Hyman

It needs a special sense of humour to rhyme ‘mince’ with ‘quince’ but Edward Lear clearly delighted in the thought when he conjured the Owl and the Pussycat dining with a runcible spoon by the light of the moon, the moon. Lear, in fact, was not just writing nonsense verse, but following an ancient precedent when he included quinces as part of their wedding feast. For the ancient Greeks, quince was a symbol of fertility, dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Their potency was linked to the fruit’s exquisite fragrance, and they were tossed into chariots in which the bride was taken to her new home. Quinces are still part of the Greek wedding ceremony and are often baked in a cake with honey and sesame seeds that is said to symbolise enduring commitment. The quince is a native of Persia and Anatolia, and they still grow wild in the foothills of the Caucasus more

  • Parsnips

    January produce

    Scallops, kale, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and pomegranates

  • Cabbage

    February produce

    Cauliflowers, swede, oysters, lemons and passion fruit

  • Oranges

    March produce

    Purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage and oranges

  • Blood Oranges

    April produce

    Spring herbs, spinach, watercress, shallots, blood oranges and rhubarb

  • Peas

    May produce

    French beans, asparagus, Jersey royals, peas, spinach and rocket

  • Gooseberries

    June produce

    Samphire, broad beans, gooseberries, cherries, strawberries and honey

  • Fennel

    July produce

    Courgettes, cucumbers and artichokes

  • Peppers

    August produce

    Aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and apricots

  • Peppers

    September produce

    Peppers and figs

  • Pears

    October produce

    Wild mushrooms, onions, sweet potatoes, fennel, apples and plums

  • Carrots

    November produce

    Savoy cabbage, pumpkins, celeriac, carrots, cavolo nero, potatoes, truffles and dates

  • Nuts

    December produce

    Brussels sprouts, nuts, walnuts, chestnuts and cranberries

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