This year I decided not to post monthly updates on the Quince Tree because I thought it was getting a bit boring. After all, it goes through the same cycle of bud, leaf, blossom, fruit every year.
Or so I thought.
Compare them to the pictures below of the tree this year.
Something is missing.
There are no quinces this year.
None at all.
Remember this in April? The wind and rain wiped out all the blossom before it had a chance to set.
Not a single solitary one.
I am quinceless.
I will buy a few quinces from Waitrose if they have any Turkish ones (presumably the whole UK crop has failed) but I will not be converting my kitchen into a quince processing factory this year.
What I thought I'd do instead is post lots of apple recipes as apples are something everyone has access to and I don't cook with them nearly enough. Apple trees blossom later than quince trees so I'm hoping the local apple crop will be in good supply this year.
Apple pies and pasties, apple cakes, apple betty, apple charlotte, apple jellies and apple chutneys.
The Quince Tree will be on holiday from Friday 20th July until 27th July