Gutuia or “Quince” is a fruit that is difficult to find in the United States. It is hard to bite into or even cut with a knife. Its aroma combines fragrances of apples and pears. I used to eat it raw.
However, I had to slice it in small pieces and take a break between bites because I felt like I was going to choke. Gutuia is a fall fruit. My mom used to shred and boil it to make jam. The jam had a beautiful light orange color.
Romania has different meanings for different people. Many people in the United States don’t even know that Romania is a country. A lot of Romanians that live in the United States don’t want to think about it anymore. I was one of these angry people for many years. It took me a long time to realize that I would not be where I was today if it wasn’t for my life lived in Romania. (more…)