Chaenomeles - Ornamental Quince
I've got a lot of fruit this year on my ornamental quince and I wondered whether it would be better to remove as much fruit as possible now so that the shrub puts its energy elsewhere or whether it won't make much difference just to leave them on there. I don't want the fruit as I've tried in the past to make quince chutney without much success as the fruit was so hard and difficult to process. I grow the shrub for its flowers. Any help/opinions would be appreciated.
Quince need to be left to blett before you can eat them…
“...The medlars we harvested are still firm and will now need to be left to blet. Bletting is a process of softening beyond ripening that certain fleshy fruits such as persimmon, medlar and quince need to undergo, off the tree, to sweeten and soften before we eat them. We place the whole medlar, flowering end face down, not touching each other, and leave them until they turn a deep brown and are soft, almost squashy, to the touch.
Once bletted, the medlar can be eaten raw. It has a toffee-ish, apple crumbley sort of taste. Alternatively you can mix its pulp with sugar and / or cream. You can also make a great fruit jelly from medlar but for this to set you need to combine a few unbletted medlar with the bletted ones for the extra pectin."
One recipe I randomly googled: https://www.kopiaste.org/2008/12/glyko-kydoni-quince-spoon-sweet/