~ “For the most beautiful”
Located in the beautifully landscaped gardens of Warren House is a hidden treasure – our sumptuous quince orchard.
A member of the Rosaceae family of pome fruits, quince is an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium. Our trees were originally planted in the 1970’s and have since been a stunning and delicious addition to Warren House; yielding their succulent fruit – an exquisite gold when ripe – to the crafting of our sweet, home-made marmalade.
Whilst quince is safe to eat fresh off the laden branch, as with most magic, the alchemy commences with the addition of a little heat; relaxing the initial tartness and releasing the fruit’s fragrant aroma. Our in-house marmalade is prepared and executed by our lauded chefs, with the quince’s rich golden hue melding into a soft romantic pink as it cooks.
A final dusting of sugar and an accompaniment of one of our rustic loafs sets the elegant treat to its final purpose – to be a nectarous delight to the tongue and a pleasing sight to the eye. Perfect for a delicate canape or a mouth-watering starter course.
Fans of Greek myth can also note that the sumptuous golden quince has been debated to be the ‘golden fruit of discord’, famously offered by the goddess, Eris, to “the most beautiful” attendant at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. The goddesses Athena, Hera and Aphrodite all sought the accolade in order to be the recipient of the exquisite golden fruit and so asked a human boy, Paris, to decide the fairest goddess. Paris declared Aphrodite the winner, and as favour, she gifted him the love of the most beautiful mortal woman alive – Helen of Troy. Their forbidden union in turn sparked the great Trojan War; one of the most important and chronicled events in Greek mythology.
So from its godly wrath-inducing history to its sweet, succulent present, the delightful and delicious quince has a part to play in all stories. Come and write yours at Warren House this winter.