May 18, 2011

Sweet quince chutney with poor man's orange


Lately I've been spoilt with almost weekly visits to the countryside and I'm becoming addicted to buying  fresh produce from the farms or, even better - picking my own fruit and vegetables. On my last trip I was fortunate to visit a beautiful private garden with big citrus trees, a sublime veggie patch and even a pistachio tree! I was given a big bag full of vibrantly yellow Meyer lemons (which are still waiting to be used) and something I had never seen or even heard of before - a poor man's orange.

Turns out this fruit, which is also known as the New Zealand grapefruit is very high in pectin and thus perfect for making jams and marmalades. It looks like a grapefruit and has a similar taste to a grapefruit, but has a high amount of seeds (thus, the pectin). I decided to use the juice of the fruit to make this sweet chutney. I still had a couple of quinces to use so I chopped them up and boiled them with the juice until really soft. Seeing that I've only used a couple of tablespoons of honey along with a tablespoon of natural vanilla sugar you can hardly call this a 'jam', so I thought sweet chutney is more accurate. We enjoyed it at breakfast with oatmeal, but you could easily pair it with cheese and crackers, or have it with some creamy yoghurt or good vanilla bean ice cream. 


Sweet quince chutney with poorman's orange

2 ripe quinces, chopped into chunks
1 poorman's orange (or grapefruit)
2 tablespoons manuka honey
1 tablespoon natural, raw vanilla sugar

1. Place all ingredient in a large saucepan. Bring to boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer for about 40-60 minutes or until fully cooked and very soft. Add some water during the cooking if needed.

2. Gently mash the quince if necessary and serve with porridge, cheese, yoghurt or good vanilla bean ice cream.


30 comments:

  1. I've been so curious to try quince but didn't see it around here until this year. Can't wait to play around with a new ingredients. Your chutney looks fantastic!

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  2. I saw your blog listed as one of the next 50 blogs to watch on Saveur. I just wanted to tell you that I agree too!! Sweet news...

    I love your white on cream photos in this one with the pop of color. Enjoy Fall...its getting hotter down here...

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  3. this sounds lovely! poor man's orange is new to me as well, but I love anything with quince :)

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  4. KIva ohje! Ja ihanat kuvat.Meillä on noi quincet (mitä ne olivatkaan suomeksi..)jo tältä vuodelta loppu,mutta tuota voisi sitten ensi vuonna kokeilla.

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  5. You have been spoiled with such lovely produce and trips to the farms! Thus we have been spoiled with lovely recipes you share!

    Great photos, you have me wishing I had some quince and poor mans orange on hand.

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  6. I've never seen a poor man's orange, but it sounds interesting. The lightly sweetened chutney sounds perfect too. Just sweet enough to let the flavor of the fruits come through.

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  7. Your table settings are just glorious Maria, such wonderful light! The chutney looks delicious and zesty too!

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  8. I've never heard of poor man's orange. It's amazing how many wonderful fruit are out there waiting to be discovered.

    I love the look of the chutney. I've never cooked with quince either.

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  9. Love the colour of it, looks so nice. Gorgeous photos, it is so great hearing someone else get excited about the fresh farm produce. My brother has a huge vege patch on a farm in Orange and when i go out there we all go out and pick loads of veges and fruit. Its just the best, and they are amazing to eat. My daughter just loves it too, she picks the fresh veges and eats them raw.

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  10. Delicious! I love the fact that you let the natural sugers of the fruit do the talking!

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  11. Yummmy!! Love the color and flavors in this chutney!I have not heard of that variety of oranges.Beautiful pictures Maria!

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  12. just gorgeous - love everything about this - the styling, the lighting, the colors . . . perfect!!

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  13. Such gorgeous photos, I would love to try this chutney!

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  14. This is off topic but are they some delicious looking persimmons I see in the background? LOL I've been eating these like crazy lately.

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  15. Poor man's orange? Very intriguing! I have never come across those. It is interesting how many unexplored ingredients there are out there in the food spectrum. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  16. I think I've never tried quinces in chutney, but they must definitely give it a special consistency... looks great.

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  17. I've never heard of the 'poor's man orange'. Now I'm going to have to look it up.
    The quince chutney sounds wonderful!

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  18. ah poor man's orange? I love to find new things through your beautiful blog!

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  19. Adore anything with quinces & have never tried to make chutney with them...will add to the to do list of quinces for next season.

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  20. I've been off to NY for a little more than one week and not been on the net during this time. I'm amazed over how many gorgous posts you've made during this time. Just absolutely wonderful to come home to! :)

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  21. Absolutely one of the best posts yet in my opinion because I love the idea of the poor man's orange. How pure, organic and fresh. My mouth is watering just thinking about slathering that on any and everything.

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  22. I've never heard of poorman's orange but thank you for introducing me to something new! This chutney looks just scrumptious and the color is something else! What a wonderful condiment to create out of your own kitchen. Thanks for sharing, Maria, and thanks also for stopping by my blog. :)

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  23. What a lovely chutney with great flavor! I've never heard of a poor man's orange, thanks for the info!

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  24. Love the color of this chutney ~ the flavors are spot on !I have not heard of this variety of oranges, thanks for sharing :)
    Fabulous pictures as always Maria!
    US Masala

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  25. Wow, your chutney looks so pretty and so tasty with the combination of flavors, although I never heard of poor man's orange. The pictures are awesome...hope you are having a great week Maria :-)

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  26. You are a cook by instinct and your instinct is infallible! I have never paired quince with grapefruit but now I am wanting to try it and the chutney sounds lovely with a touch of honey! Great!

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  27. This sounds so delicious! It's currently gloomy and rainy here (has been and will be all week), so I think this will be the perfect pick-me-up. Thank you for sharing! Pictures are beautiful as always :)

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  28. The closest I have got to quince is Maggie Beers quince paste. Def need to try the real thing.
    Iv never heard of poor mans orange? Looks great though :)

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  29. Your chutney sounds lovely! I never heard of poor man's orange. Interesting name too! And I can't help saying...you have a nice tea pot! So cute!

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  30. What a great picture. I really want to sit down at that table. I haven't worked with quince much, but it is definitely on the list.

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