There’s something odd which takes place in the growing cycle of a quince. They start off as the most charming, nubbly fruit. Quite cute, as fruit go, fuzzy, with their green fringe, like something out of a Polly Pocket house. By mid-June [below], the impersonation of Fuzzy Felt is in full swing. The cuteness is still there, the shape is beginning to look a little squashy, a hint of what is to come. Finally, the transformation… into knobbly, wrinkly, concrete hard fruit that it is difficult to cut with a cleaver. Every year we are disappointed with the full-grown warty adult. Perhaps we should pick them earlier? Does anyone else have experience with this?
5 to remember
algo raro – something odd
el ciclo del crecimiento – growth cycle
el membrillo – the quince [fruit]
encantador – charming
el flequillo – the fringe [of hair]