Big Golden Beauties

It's that time of year, a golden time of the year when the quinces are ripening.
My tree at home (in #Unley) is heavily laden.
Not a lot of fruit, but they are huge - just so big.

Next weekend most of them will be transformed into quince paste - a must have with cheese over the next 12 months. A few will be slowly poached for hours and then become a glorious dessert.
The quince really is an understated fruit.
It's a signal that, despite the recent warm weather, autumn is upon us.

A tip for other quince growers, don't pick them too early.
They must be yellow, not green.
How to tell if they are ripe? Use a thumb and rub the furry skin and if the fur rubs off then they are ripe.