An almost forgotten fruit: all the wonders of the quince

The quince, known scientifically as Cydonia oblonga, is an ancient and versatile fruit that has unfortunately fallen into disuse over time. Our people, in fact, were fond of it, and consumed it in a myriad of different ways.

However, this fruit is full of health benefits and is worthy of rediscovery for its unique flavor and nutritional properties.

Origin and history
The quince is native to the Caucasus and Iranian regions, but it has been cultivated and enjoyed throughout the Mediterranean and other parts of the world for thousands of years. In ancient Greece and Rome, it was widely used for making jams and as an ingredient in many traditional dishes.

Appearance and characteristics
The quince is similar in shape and size to an apple, but with a thicker, rougher skin. The color of the skin varies from yellow to light green. The flesh is whitish and has a hard, fibrous texture when raw, becoming soft and sweet when cooked.

Health benefits

  1. Rich in fiber
    Quince is an excellent source of fiber, which helps maintain good digestion, promotes satiety and contributes to weight control.
  2. Antioxidants
    Contains antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols that can help fight free radicals in the body and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  3. Vitamins and minerals
    It is a good source of vitamins such as vitamin C, which supports the immune system, and minerals such as potassium, which is essential for electrolyte balance and muscle function.
  4. Phytochemicals
    Quince contains phytochemicals such as tanins, with potential anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects.

How to eat quince
The quince is a versatile fruit that can be eaten in several ways:

  1. Cooked in a pot or baked.
    The quince is often cooked to create jams, jellies, compotes, and desserts such as pies and tarts. It can also be baked with sugar or honey to make a delicious dessert.
  2. Jam or marmalade
    You can make a delicious jam or marmalade using the pulp of the quince, sugar, and lemon. This jam is great spread on toast or cakes.
  3. Syrup or juice
    You can make a syrup or juice using quince, which can be drunk alone or added to drinks or cocktails for a unique flavor.
  4. Fruit salad
    Quince can be added to a fruit salad to give a distinctive touch to the dish.

Although quince is an almost forgotten fruit, it is important to rediscover its health benefits and versatility in cooking. Adding quince to your diet can enrich your eating regimen and provide an enjoyable variety of flavors and nutrients.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with different recipes and discover how this fruit can enrich your table.