Quince for Tea


I vacuumed the livingroom rug yesterday, which earned me a thousand billion points of Earthly Worth.

So of course I deserved to fix myself an extra special tea time treat today — that’s QUINCE JELLY on my English muffin, from the Tabora Farm and Orchard in Chalfont, PA. According to new FCC rules, I have to tell you that nobody at Tabora Farms paid me for this shout out although, if they’re reading this at Tabora Farms, I’m available for a celebrity endorsement.

This is the first time I’ve ever had quince jelly and oh my, it is a heavenly taste: a lot like the richest mulberry honey, a little bit like the apricot jam you always get with breakfast croissants in a Paris cafe, a tad like biting into a fresh red apple. I am counting the hours until tomorrow’s tea time — I cleaned out the refrigerator today and earned a month of quince jelly tea times.

The Tabora Farm and Orchard is at 1104 Upper Stump Road (I guess that’s better than being on Lower Stump Road) in Chalfont PA 18914; their phone is 215-249-3016.

Thank you to my Aunt Emily who sent this jelly to me as my reward for being in the right place at the right time and having my camera with me…but that’s tomorrow’s story, about a car ride, backseat drivers, and some really cute dogs.

9 Comments, RSS

  1. Deborah October 14, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

    Pretty tablecloth!

  2. Maria October 15, 2009 @ 3:25 am

    I agree, quince jelly is delicious! Growing up quince jelly was my favorite. Where I come from (Mexico) we call it “dulce de membrillo” I still buy it in 1/2 pound slabs at our local mexican market, or in small plastic containers at the local Ralphs grocery store. It tastes great in combination with cream cheese or “ranchero” cheese.

    • Vivian October 15, 2009 @ 9:56 am

      You have changed my whole mental map of Mexico: I never knew that Quince jelly was a Mexican delicacy! We have Mexican markets on Long Island and I would never, never, never have thought to quest for quince there. Now I know where me and my camera will find our next cultural adventure…stay tuned. Thank you for this post: quince is native to Asia, found only in orchards in North America (or, in the case of the tree across the street from me, “escaped” from cultivation) and how it got to Mexico is a story I got to find out about.

  3. completelycollaged October 15, 2009 @ 10:05 am

    Can I join you for tea! Ginger Danish spread is also a treat.

  4. Maria October 15, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    Well, now you’ve got me wondering about the history and origin of quince. I just Googled “dulce de membrillo” and got lots of pictures, then I Googled “history of dulce de membrillo” one of the links is for Wikipedia which offers some good information. I’ll be looking forward to your next cultural adventure!

  5. Debbie L October 15, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    I love afternoon tea! Its one of my favorite things in life. I am going to look for quince jam cause it sounds delicious!

  6. Rachel October 15, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

    A friend of mine in the SF Bay Area has a Meyer Lemon tree and you just reminded me that there is some homemade meyer lemon jam in the back of my fridge. Just the thing to cure the flu.

  7. mary October 15, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

    I’m calling the quince place first thing in the morning. i just read this at 5 p.m.
    Can’t wait. Also, the picture is just perfect of THREE ( three) dogs. HOW can you do that?
    We love to read your blog.

  8. Timaree (freebird) October 16, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

    I just finished vacuuming (I fill up the vacuum cup with animal hair every time) and I am rewarding myself by getting on the computer. Enjoy your tea.

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