First the good news: we managed to harvest enough quinces from our neighbor's tree for a good batch of quince jam! And the bad news? Well, see for yourselves...
Every last one of the quinces looked like this! We were expecting some rot or insect infestation, but we figured we could cut away the bad bits and still have enough viable fruit for cooking. Alas, it was not to be so.
We did some internet research and we think it's a combination of a fungal infection called "fleck" and brown rot. In any case, it would have taken someone with much more patience than we have to salvage the tiny portions of unaffected fruit.
So there you have it! Mostly we're bummed that after actually succeeding at saving our neighbor's quinces, we still thwarted in the end. And we've still never had quince jam!
Anyone else have a good story of star-crossed culinary exploits to share? We could use the company...
Related: Weekend Meditation: Harvest
(Images: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)