Calories in quince
This relative of apples and pears has about 50 calories in one fruit weighing 92 grams according to the US Center for Disease Control.
It has 14 grams of carbohydrates of which 12 are sugars.
It has no fat or protein, only traces of minerals, but does offer 25% of Vitamin C Daily Value in the 92 gram or 1 average quince serving size.
Eating a quince
Choose only fruit that are completely yellow, firm, and without bruises.
This fruit is too tart to be eaten fresh, but is a favorite for butters, jams and jellies because of the high pectin content.
A small amount will add flavor to mixed cooked fruits.
It also makes attractive baked fruit desserts like pies and tarts as it holds its shape.
To make an easy dessert, simply peel, quarter, and core the quince, then cut into slices.
Drizzle with a honey-lime-water mix and bake under cover for 1 hour in a slow 300 degree oven.
The slices will be pink or translucent, but will finish golden if you add a few minutes at higher heat uncovered at the end of cooking.
From ancient Asia
This fruit tree (Cydonia oblonga) comes from Asia and the Middle East and has been used for about 4000 years. Mythological stories call them "golden apples."
It was naturalized into the Mediterranean. Spanish and British travelers also introduced these trees to many other areas of the world.
The ripe fruits are very fragrant and used to freshen up closed rooms.
They can be stored for a few months in a cool, dry area.
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