Thursday, November 1, 1888
Very warm and pleasant. The almanac day for this month was warm and pleasant. I have sewed on one pair of Henry’s pants this P.M. then went out and helped Grandpa settle with the Haydenville boys.
Rec’d card from Mrs. O. Munson – they lay no claim to Aunt Fannie’s quinces.
I found some Hubbardston apples that were sound and hard as nuts.
F. was called down to N.Y. came home on the last train.
From the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association website, regarding quince:
“Quince fruit is pear-shaped and hard with a slightly fuzzy yellow skin. It is highly aromatic when ripe and is quite sour.”
“Quince enjoyed popularity among early colonial settlers, who brought seed to North America. An old New England specialty was quince cheese, fruit preserved boiling all day until it was thick like cheese. Quince was often added to apple butter, pie and sauce. In New England, especially, quince was once popular in the commercial orchard and the home garden. Now it is the least popular of all tree fruits in the United States.”
The Hubbardston Nonesuch apple variety originated from Massachusetts, and is described as such:
“Fruit usually large with clear red skin in our climate, but color is variable. Flesh is white, moderately firm, sweet and rich.”