The quince can certainly be described as a fairly unknown type of fruit. "In southern Europe, it is well-known. Here in the Netherlands too, interest in the exotic is increasing. At the moment there is zero demand for quinces. This is because there have been hardly any available in the last few weeks. The volume of quinces was small because the season in Chile is just starting and Turkish quinces were no longer available, but today we received the first container of the "new harvest". I expect the Chilean season to last about three months," says Patrick Stoffels of BUD Holland.
Quinces are, at present, cultivated mostly in Southern Europe, Turkey and Chile. Raw quinces are far too hard and sour to eat and, for this reason, quinces are often used for compotes. The Portuguese name for this fruit is 'marmelo', hence the word marmalade. "Quinces smell fresh, like citrus, and are thus used as a natural air freshener. The peel can also be used for quince liqueur,' adds Patrick.