Quinces: Natural Food

Quinces taste like an apple-pear mix.
Quinces taste like an apple-pear mix.

Nutritional Information:

Excellent source of vitamin C, fiber and riboflavin.

What to Look For:

These fruits are known as golden apples, although their taste is a cross between an apple and a pear. There are two varieties: perfumed and pineapple. The perfumed quince is shaped a bit like a football while the pineapple quince is rounder and more pear-shaped. Both will turn from green to yellow when ripe.

Easy Storage and Preparation:

Look for firm yellow fruit and avoid ones that are too soft or have spots of mold. Quinces bruise easily but the marks don't affect the quality or taste. Store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several weeks. Peel quinces before using.

Best Uses:

Quinces are best cooked. They are often used in jams — the flesh turns a beautiful purple color, becoming softer and sweeter once cooked. Quinces are a favorite for baking and preserving because of the sweet-sour flavor and high levels of pectin.


NOTE: An excellent source contains more than 20 percent of the Daily Value for that nutrient. A good source contains between 10 and 19 percent of the Daily Value.

Source: Copyright © 2000 by Ellen Haas.

From the book "Great Adventures in Food" By Ellen Haas.

Used with permission of St. Martin's Press, LLC.

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