Quince is an interesting fruit that comes into season around October (in North America), and remains available for a short time - usually through December. It looks like an apple/pear cross, and though its flavor is a little too acidic for eating raw, quince takes on a gorgeous red color and sweetens when cooked. Quince has always been a prized fruit in the Mediterranean - some say quince was even the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
In many South American countries, dulce de membrillo is very popular - a sweet candy-like paste made from cooking quince with sugar (quince has a lot of pectin). Dulce de membrillo is wonderful with cheese, in desserts, and in certain savory dishes as well.
More About Quince
Dulce de Membrillo - Recipe for Quince Paste
Pasta Frola de Dulce de Membrillo - Quince Tart
Quince Paste and Manchego Cheese - El Martín Fierro
Croatian Quince Christmas Candy