Quince is generally available year-round, with sporadic short time gaps. California grown quince (pineapple variety) are harvested in the fall.

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The quince is botanically known as Cydonia oblonga and is a member of the Rosaceae family. It is an ancient fruit, believed to have originated in Southwest Asia. The fruit was grown throughout Egypt and Greece as early as 300 BC with evidence of consumption dating back to 2000 BC.

Due to its high tannin content it was commonly used in jams, jellies, marmalades and preserves. Quince has also been traditionally employed as a food flavoring; some alcoholic beverages are made from quinces such as the Greek liqueur kitron and Venezuelan chicha de membrillo. This fragrant fruit is often used for decorative purposes in floral arrangements or simply placed on the dining table as a centerpiece.

Quince is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, copper and vitamin B6. Additionally, it contains minerals such as magnesium, manganese and potassium. Quinces are low in calories and provide polyphenolic antioxidants which may help to reduce inflammation, improve lipid profiles and reduce disease risk. They also contain pectin which aids digestion by promoting regular bowel movements. Quince can be used to make delicious pies, cakes or tarts with a unique sweet-tart flavor that is sure to tantalize your taste buds!

Quince makes a wonderful addition to any healthy diet and offers a variety of health benefits that make it worth adding into your meal planning rotation!

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