Crackers and cheese are an obvious spread to put out when entertaining or as an easy snack for your little one. But after awhile you may want to mix up the traditional spread with something different. That's where quince paste comes in. Not a typical fruit found in the U.S., quince paste is part of Rutherford & Meyer's, a New Zealand-based company, all-natural fruit paste line that also includes fig, plum, pear, apricot and cherry.
I tested the quince paste with some goat cheese and crackers, alone with crackers and with some dried meats. Having never tried quince paste before, I really enjoyed the vibrant flavor and firm consistency of the paste that enhanced my food and tasted like a luxurious treat '?? even though essentially it was only spreadable fruit. I also loved that the paste used minimal ingredients and wasn'??t high in sugar. It is also naturally high in fiber, contains no fat and is wheat free, gluten free and dairy free '?? making it a healthy and light treat both moms and their kids will love.
To learn more about Rutherford & Meyer and their line of gourmet fruit pastes, please visit: www.rutherfordandmeyer.co.nz
Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com. Momtrends was not paid for this post--we were given samples.