Quince Jam


Recipe for a simple quince jam made with grated fresh quince, sugar, and lemon juice.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Years ago, backyard quince trees were common. People would cultivate them to harvest the fruit for cooking in pies or preserves.

Inedible raw, and looking like a cross between a pear and a golden apple, quince cook up sweet, with a vibrant rose color and a floral aroma and flavor.

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These days you can still find an odd tree here and there in backyards of older houses, though chances are the owners don’t know the culinary delights available in these hard yellow fruit.

(I had a quince tree in the yard of my rented home in San Francisco for 4 years and never once cooked a quince. Now that I know better, just to think of it makes me want to bang my head on the wall.)

Here is an easy recipe for a simple quince jam. Feel free to spice it up a little with nutmeg, cardamom, or vanilla.

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  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 5 half-pints

Quince are available in October, November in the Northern Hemisphere.

When choosing what quince to pick or buy, smell the bottom of the fruit. It should have a strong floral fragrance. If not, it's not fully ripe.

If the fruit comes from an organically grown tree, it may easily have worms in the cores. No problem for jam making, just cut the wormy pieces away from the rest and discard.


  • 6 cups (packed) of quince, rinsed, grated (discard cores, leave peel on), from about 2 pounds of quince (about 5 quince)
  • 4 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 4 cups sugar


1 Prep and grate the quince: Prepare the quince by washing and cutting in half. Working around the core, grate the quince flesh (including the peel) with a cheese grater, until you have about 6 cups of grated quince.

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2 Simmer grated quince in water with lemon juice and zest until soft: Put 4 1/4 cups of water in a large (6-8 quart), wide, thick-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the grated quince, lemon juice and lemon zest. Reduce heat and simmer until the quince is soft, about 10 minutes.

3 Add sugar and simmer until thickened: Add the sugar and bring to a boil again. Stir to dissolve all of the sugar. Lower the heat to medium high.

Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until quince jam turns pink and thickens to desired consistency, about 30-50 minutes. (If the jam has thickened but hasn't turn pink, add a little more water and cook a little longer.)

cooking quince for jam cook quince until it turns rosy red

4 Ladle into jars and seal: Ladle into hot, sterilized canning jars* and seal. Before applying the lids, sterilize the lids by placing them in a bowl and pouring boiling water over them. Wipe the rims of the jars clean before applying the lids.

* To sterilize the jars, rinse out the jars, dry them, and place them, without lids, in a 200°F oven for 10 minutes.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Linda

    The 1st batch I made was so good that I made up a 2nd batch with the last 4 quince. The 2nd batch I used 1 1/2 cups honey instead of sugar. Every bit as good.


  2. Linda

    Wow! That is so good! I’ll make this along with my quince pies every year.


  3. 4waystoyummy

    I’m on Whidbey Island and picked my quinces yesterday and made liquor. That will take a bit of waiting to sample. Today I’ll make jam. Don’t throw away the peels or pits. You can simmer them in water and make a tea concoction. Or freeze the pits for future jelly making as they are high in pectin. I noticed some of my quinces have little flecks of brown inside this year which is perfectly ok. Apparently, it meant the weather was good and the tree bore more fruit than it could nourish. Happy quincing!


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  4. Annette Bejany

    Delicious. I enjoyed the grating process. It’s much easier than peeling and chopping the firm flesh of Quince. Thank you!


  5. KM

    Thank you for this recipe. Quince is a sentimental favorite, and I was lucky enough to purchase some at a local farm market this year. I reduced the water to 3-1/2 cups, reduced the sugar to 3 cups, and added grated candied ginger. Followed the rest of the instructions, then processed the jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. It turned out beautiful. Made 4 half-pints.


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