This fruit is bigger than my head (recipes)

written by Tiana Kai

This thing is huge, hard and sour. It’s a mela cotogna (quince). I’ve never seen it, tried it or heard of this fruit before. I first came across it a few weeks ago in my Nonno‘s (Grandpa’s) orchard in Viareggio and didn’t think much of it.

Mela cotogna is a medieval fruit that the Romans used to stew with honey, since you can’t eat it raw. This is how La Nonna (Grandma) is cooking it today. She stews it down with some water, blends it, adds honey, then cans it in mason jars. It will soon be a nice, sweet marmalade that we can enjoy with bread and cheese.


Mela cotogna recipes

Have you ever tried this fruit? I can’t wait to try it myself once it’s ready… maybe with some goat cheese and a glass of white.

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OutsideTheGuidebook September 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Yumm! Sounds ace. I’m going to try to get hold of the next time I visit an Italian store in Londres! :-))

Tiana Kai September 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Ha, you should! I am going to try the marmalade tonight with some stinky cheese! It is a middle eastern fruit too, so hopefully are not to hard to find. buon appetito!

Teresa Curran September 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm

At home we bake them with orange peel, cinnamon and maple syrup until the are red and glowing and then serve with soft cheese and champagne (well, something fizzy)

Tiana Kai September 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Yum, I love jam with cheese…and can always do something fizzy! Great seeing you in your summer home! 😉


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