One of the best parts of eating a mostly raw diet with lots of vegetables and fruits as the foundation is discovering new ones, especially the exotic or lesser-known types that can be found in new locations or in the corners of grocery stores or farmer’s markets.
Several different types of unique fruits in particular abound for those who are willing to look, and one of the most often-overlooked fruits is the quince, which many historians believe is the original “forbidden fruit” that was eaten in the Garden of Eden.
The fruit (pronounced /?kw?ns/) is much more difficult to find in grocery stores than apples these days despite its long, storied history of cultivation and consumption, but it’s well worth picking a few up if you do happen to come across them because of the many amazing health benefits they offer.
Apart from being rather easier to eat and versatile enough to make into jams, pies and much more quince fruits have plenty of health benefits.
Those who eat quince will benefit from:
- A large overall amount of antioxidants, helping to fight free radicals
- Plenty of Vitamins A and C
- Help in combating gastric ulcer problems
- Digestive support
- Help in lowering high blood pressure due to potassium
In addition to these benefits, the seeds of the quince can be soaked to form a gel-like substance that can soothe inflammation of the skin and to offer further digestive support when taken internally, according to the website Organic Avenue.
Most quince are harvested in the fall but can be found at many different times throughout the year.
If you’ve never tried it before, it actually tastes quite a bit like it looks: sort of like a cross between an apple and a pear, two fruits that are utilized in similar ways in terms of cooking and other recipes. It’s actually a harder fruit that many people enjoy cooking a little bit to make it softer.
Some people even include it in recipes for pies with apples alongside it, to give them more of a balance and familiarity while also taking advantage of the more subtle floral notes of the quince.
This “forbidden fruit” may be a bit pricier than its other more popular and readily available cousins in most local markets, but they’re well worth a try if you’d like to mix things up and want to enjoy its many health benefits.