Wild Quince Cordial

The Wild Quince we use in this cordial is the fruit of the Japanese quince or Maule’s quince (Chaenomeles Japonica). This shrub is native to Japan and is commonly used in landscaping all over the world for its beautiful flowers.

The spiky bush thrives in various climates doing especially well in the Nordics. It produces an intriguing fruit that resembles a miniature apple or pear, boasting a distinctive flavor that harmonizes tartness and floral sweetness. We used this cordial in a range of amazing cocktail recipes such as The Quincessentials.

The fruits are very abundant in autumn and the harvest season extends well into winter. This provides an opportunity for urban foragers who search for fruits, thriving in backyards, parks, and abandoned spaces, which are often overlooked and hold immense potential for culinary exploration.

Urban foraging and utilizing landscape fruits offer a remarkable gateway to rediscovering the hidden treasures within our immediate surroundings. Embracing urban foraging not only reduces food waste but also contributes to sustainable practices by utilizing the abundance of these often neglected fruits, fostering a sense of community, and establishing a more conscious and intimate relationship with our environment.

Ingredients: Wild Quince (Chaenomeles Japonica) from a small park in Herning, sugar, citric acid.

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