Quince is a rather unusual fruit that is closely related to apples and pears. Its scientific name is Cydonia oblonga. It is the only member of its genus Cydonia. The quince tree is deciduous and rather small, while the valuable ripened fruit is yellowish-gold color and somewhat similar to pears in shape and consistency.
You can utilize quince in jams, jellies, juices and so on, as well as use them in a similar way to pears as a side dish or a breakfast food. Dried quince can be used as a tea and ground dried quince is an excellent refreshing flavoring agent. Different countries use quince in different ways. The real nutritional benefit of quince is in the skin and the fruit. It is packed with beneficial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phenolic compounds and antioxidants.