Mostarda Mantovana {Italian Candied Fruit Condiment with Mustard Flavor}
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Mostarda Mantovana

Traditional Northern Italy candied fruit condiment with mustard flavor.
Course: Condiment, Preserves
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 25


  • 1 lb quince apples , approx 450 g, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar , approx 225g
  • 8-10 drops mustard essence/oil , depending how strong you like the mustard flavor to be


Day 1

  • In a pot mix the quince apple slices with sugar and let macerate for 24 hours.
    Mostarda Mantovana -Step 1

Day 2

  • Remove fruit sliced from the syrup. On low heat bring the syrup to boil and cook for 10 minutes. Add fruit sliced to the syrup and let macerate for another 24 hours.
    Mostarda Mantovana -Step 2

Day 3

  • Repeat the process again.

Day 4

  • Bring fruit together with syrup to a boil and cook for a few minutes until lightly caramelized. Let cool completely.
  • Add mustard essence or mustard oil and stir.


If you don't have quince apples you can use slightly sour green apples that you have.
Weight fruit for the recipe AFTER peeling, corning and slicing.