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Discover the Charm of Quince: Unique Flavor and Versatility in the Kitchen

Quince is a fruit that stands out in gastronomy for its unique flavor and versatility in the kitchen. Originating from the Caucasus region, quince is characterized by its pear-like shape and golden yellow skin. Although its taste is astringent and acidic when consumed raw, when cooked, it transforms into a sweet and aromatic delight. Its delicate fragrance and smooth texture make quince a cherished fruit in the kitchen. It's an ideal choice to add a sweet and aromatic touch to a variety of dishes, as well as an excellent option to harness its unparalleled flavor in homemade delights.

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Exploring Quince Secrets: Origins, Benefits, and Varieties

Quince is the fruit of the quince tree (Cydonia oblonga), a tree belonging to the Rosaceae family, related to apple and pear trees. Originating from the Caucasus region in the warm southwest of Asia (Iran, Armenia, Turkey), this fruit, with its oval or round shape, stands out with its golden yellow mature skin covered in a fine layer of fuzz. Its pulp, white or yellowish, is very hard and acidic, housing numerous seeds. Explore the benefits and various varieties of quince.

Nutritional Benefits of Quince

Quince is an incredibly healthy fruit, offering benefits such as:

  • Rich in Fiber: Containing pectin and mucilages, it provides astringent, softening, and anti-inflammatory properties. It aids in regulating intestinal transit, preventing diarrhea, soothing gastric mucosa irritations, and liver detoxification.

  • Low in Calories and Sugars: With only 29 kcal and 6.3 g of sugars per 100 g, it is suitable for weight control diets and individuals with diabetes.

  • Source of Vitamins: With 15 mg of vitamin C per 100 g, it strengthens the immune system and provides antioxidant properties. Additionally, it contains provitamin A (beta-carotene).

  • Essential Minerals: It includes potassium (regulator of blood pressure), calcium (strengthens bones and teeth), and magnesium (essential for muscle and nerve function).

  • Malic Acid: Found in quince, this organic compound imparts an acidic flavor and has disinfectant properties, facilitating uric acid elimination.

Quince Varieties

There are several quince varieties, each with unique characteristics:

Variety Size Shape Color Flavor Ripening
Portugal Large Oval Intense Yellow Sweet October-November
Champion Medium Round Light Yellow Acidic September-October
De Vranja Small Oval Greenish Yellow Acidic October-November
Smyrna Medium Round Orange Yellow Sweet September-October

Homemade Quince Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of quinces (yellow and ripe)
  • 800 g of white sugar (80% of the weight of the pulp)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • A splash of hazelnut liqueur (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Wash and peel the quinces, cut them into small pieces, and remove the seeds.
  2. Place the quince pieces in a large pot with sugar, lemon juice, and hazelnut liqueur (optional); let it macerate.
  3. Add cinnamon, bring to a boil, and cook for about 40 minutes until the quince is soft and reddish.
  4. Remove the cinnamon stick, blend the quince into a smooth puree, and pour it into a rectangular mold.
  5. Allow it to cool completely at room temperature, then refrigerate for a few hours until it solidifies.
  6. Unmold the quince and cut it into preferred-sized portions. Enjoy!
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