A quince is a sour, pear-shaped fruit favoured for its perfume and pink colour. It is used in jams (US: jellies) and jellies (US: jellos), preserves and relishes, compotes and sherbets as well as in stews and sauces. It may also be poached. Quince paste is also often poured into moulds and turned out when it has set. This makes a great condiment to serve with cheeses.