Posted: 12/07/2012 at 07:05
You can use the fruit of the Japanese Quince for cooking - I cut one into quarters (with a large sharp knife - they are very hard) and put them inside a pot-roasting pheasant with some apples around it and some cider. They give the potroast a delicious tart flavour.
And if you don't have access to 'proper quinces' you can half a Japanese quince and put it in with some ordinary apples when making jelly, and this will make a wonderfully flavoured jelly to have with cold meats and cheeses etc.
However, they are no real replacement for 'real quinces'