About the Producer
Our membrillo comes to us from Cal Valls, a family owned and operated company in the town of Vilanova De Bellpuig in the Lleida province of Catalonia. Its proprietor, Manolo Valls, is a leader in the organic food movement in Spain.
History of Membrillo
Membrillo has a rich history in Greek, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, French, Italian and Spanish cuisines. That's a lot of fans for a funny little fruit that has such a bitter bite when raw. In the case of quince paste, the fruit and sugar are cooked down quite a bit. Because the pectins and sugars gelatinize when cool, this method of preserving allowed the paste to be easily sliced and carried, very convenient in those pre-refrigeration days. Quince paste, like pan forte and yogurt and flat bread, is a food that evolved from a necessity; it was transportable, nutritious, and very satisfying to eat. Quince paste is a culinary nomad, with a little bit of adventure in every bite.
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