David Mason, (founder Global Harvest) started making Set Fruit Conserves aka "Membrillo" after being made redundant from his job as a fine food buyer just before Christmas 2009. At the time it was devasting, but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened. Membrillo is Spanish for quince, the paste is a set conserve, or fruit cheese as they called it hundreds of years ago. Way back in Roman times families would gather fallen fruits including quince in the orchard and boil it overnight, so that by morning all the natural sugars and pectin would set the fruit firm in the pan, hence the birth of preserving fruits. The cooking all started at home in his family kitchen, a few burnt pans soon followed and the first two attempts failed to set properly, but batch three was spot on.