Quince is a fruit of a tall plant of the Rosaceae family originally from Asia. It is yellow, large, fragrant and is mainly used to make jams and jellies.
It should be eaten well cooked since the pulp, even if perfectly ripe, still gives an astringent sensation. In the past, and especially in the Renaissance cuisine, quince was used to prepare condiments to be served with roasted meats.
Besides apples, elongated fruits come also from the quince family, that is quince pears, equally usable for jams and mustards.