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Rhineland: quince harvest in full swing

In the German Rhineland the quince harvest has been going on since October, reports the 'Provinzial-verband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer'. These fruits belong to the group of stonefruits, but unlike apples and pear they cannot be eaten raw. This may be part of the reason that quinces are sometimes forgotten. The shiny yellow fruits come in two types: apple shaped and pear shaped.

Quinces are mainly known in the forms of jelly, purée, liquor and bread. They contain a lot of vitamin C, potassium and iron. They have been well known in folk medicine for years. Due to their high pectine level they can bind toxins in the intestines and excrete them.

Fresh quinces can be stored in a cool place for a number of weeks. They have a strong smell, which means it is best not to store them with other fruits, as they will take on their scent.

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