Cydonia Oblonga is the botanical name for the quince. A rare but, in my opinion, very interesting fruit. Since ancient times the quince has been a symbol of love and fertility. We are lucky enough to have a quince tree hanging over our fence from the neighbours yard. Our lovely portuguese neighbours have said that we are welcome to any that grow on our side of the fence. Last year they knocked on the door with a small bowl of freshly stewed dark red quince. Later, when I had my first taste, along with some natural yoghurt, I was in love.
addition – see here for a sneak peak at the 2011 nature plates!