Saturday, 17 September 2011
Quinces are go!
So just as I had given up on my quince tree for this year, two (two!) quinces appeared. I rang my mother and asked how much lowzina mel haiwa we could make with two quinces. Lowzina are diamond-shaped marzipan sweets flavoured with cardamom and lemon juice and quince and sometimes rosewater or orange flower water. They are ridiculously sweet—and satisfyingly scarlet. The answer was: not very much lowzina. So we'll have to see if more quinces appear. We're very early in the season, after all. But I'm going to do something with them for Rosh Hashanah, when one of the Iraqi Jewish new year traditions is to eat a "first fruit".