Quince is the fruit of the quince tree, a tree from the Rosaceae family that reaches up to 4 metres of height. This family has more than 2,000 species of herbaceous plants, bushes and trees distributed along temperate regions around the world. The main European fruits, rose bush included, belong to this family.
The quince is a fruit with a low sugar content, so its caloric content is also low. Its main disadvantage lies in the fact that it is usually consumed as quince jelly, which contains a lot of added sugar and whose caloric content increases a lot.
The best picking time is from the end of September to February.
When buying quince we must pick those fruits with a yellowish intact skin, without marks or bruises. Those with a green skin are not ripe yet and spots in their skin show that they are too ripe. This is irrelevant if they are going to be cooked immediately.
Once they are picked, quinces can be preserved for two or three months. At home, they can be well preserved in a fridge for a few weeks, wrapped in paper individually. In case quinces are green and need to ripen faster, they can be left at room temperature.
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