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Quince – The Unsung Fruit

Quince is a unique and versatile fruit that has been growing in popularity among consumers. It looks like a cross between an apple and a pear, with a golden yellow color when ripe. Quince is often used to make jams, jellies, pastes and other culinary delights. It is also gaining more attention as an ingredient in salads, sauces and desserts. Let’s take a closer look at this intriguing fruit and learn more about its history, nutritional benefits and how to select it for purchase.

History on Quince

Quince was first cultivated in the Middle East thousands of years ago as early as 2000 BC. In ancient Greece, quinces were known as “golden apples” because they were said to be the golden apples from the Garden of Hesperides in Greek mythology. Later on, quinces spread throughout Europe and eventually made their way to North America by way of Spanish explorers during the colonization period. Today, quinces grown primarily in the Mediterranean region but found all over the world.

Nutritional Benefits

From vitamins A and C to minerals like copper and zinc, quinces have a variety of nutrients that provide numerous health benefits. One cup of raw quince contains just 58 calories but provides 4 grams of fiber which can help aid digestion and keep you feeling full longer. Additionally, quinces contain polyphenols which plant compounds thought to reduce inflammation in the body while helping protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer.

Selecting & Purchasing Quinces

When selecting quinces for purchase look for those that unblemished with no bruises or soft spots; they should be firm but not hard when gently pressed with your finger tips. Keep in mind that unripened quinces will not have any aroma so don’t expect to smell them before buying. You will only be able to detect a faint scent once they are ripe! Like most fruits and vegetables. Organic produce is always best so opt for organic whenever possible if available at your local store or farmers market.


Whether you choose to cook them up into delicious jams or enjoy them fresh in salads or desserts. There is no denying that quince is one versatile fruit! With its unique flavor profile and health benefits galore this ancient fruit deserves some recognition on your grocery list!

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