Q is for quince. Quince are an unusually shaped fruit that are most famous for being turned into jams, preserves or used in baking. They taste bitter when eaten raw however with cooking they sweeten, soften and their delicious flavours can be enjoyed. Their high pectin content makes them ideal for jam.
They smell unusual too, slightly citrusy with a hint of apple and vanilla. This is a great fruit to use to discuss the five sense (especially smell) with your little one. See if they can pick up the apple, citrus and vanilla scents. Quince have a bright yellow outer skin that turns pink when it’s cooked.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Quince are a relative of the apple and pear family (also known as the pome fruit family)
- It’s one of the earliest known fruits and has been grown in Asia and the Mediterranean regions for over 4,000 years
- Quince grow on trees
- In Ancient Greece, quince was regarded as the fruit of love, marriage and fertility and it was given to newlyweds as a gift to share on their honeymoon.
- In Greek mythology, the quince is associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
WHY ARE QUINCE SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- Quince are a great source of vitamin C which is important for boosting immunity and cell health.
2- They also have a high fibre content, which is good for aiding digestion, constipation and maintaining colon health
3- Quince is a good source of minerals such as copper, iron, potassium, and magnesium as well as B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). All of these are important for overall health and wellbeing.
4- Quince are similar to pears in that they have anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Coming soon we will have a fun quince food craft idea, as well as a delicious, simple and allergy friendly recipe. They are fun ways to celebrate quince, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they are so good for us and important in our diets!