Eat them: Quinces used to be common fruits in the United States, until they got edged out by their more popular cousins, apples and pears. But these fuzzy-skinned fruits shouldn't be overlooked, if only because of their rich cold-and-flu-fighting vitamin C content. One quince provides 23 percent of your daily requirement, while apples and pears provide only 10 percent. They taste a bit tropical, sort of a combination of pineapple, guava, apple, and pear—giving you a taste of the tropics without adding polluting food miles to your fruit plate.
Find them: Look for U.S.-grown quinces between now and December in gourmet grocery stores as well as Latino, Asian, and Middle Eastern markets. And talk to the fruit farmers when visiting the farmers’ market. Their quinces may not be on display, but you may be able to place an order for them.
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