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Quinces a Must for Croatian Christmas Candy

By December 14, 2012

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Quince Candy - Kotonjata
Quince Candy - Kotonjata
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Have you ever seen a quince? It looks like a cross between a Golden Delicious apple and a pear. When you cut into one, it looks like an apple, with the same core and seed structure but, whatever you do, don't take a bite! They're very astringent and not meant for eating out of hand. The cool thing is that when this pale-colored fruit is cooked, the flesh turns orange-red. Magic!

The Balkan peoples are very fond of quinces in candy, preserves, jams, jellies, butters, chutneys and baked with apples and pears. Croatians call quince candy kotonjata or Christmas candy. It's a delightful jellied candy like a soft gum drop but with a sweet-tart taste. If your grocer doesn't carry quinces, you can buy online from Melissa's World Variety Produce. Check out these recipes.

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