History of quince jelly

The quince was known in ancient Greece under the name of Cydonia Vulgaris in honour of the city of Cydonia (Crete). It is a golden yellow fleshy fruit containing very aromatic pulp. The quince jelly, is a sweet prepared from the fruit of this quince. It originated in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), specifically Puente Genil.
This population from Cordova settled on the Genil river, can boast the greatest tradition in the development and manufacture of quince jelly in the world.

If we go back in history we see that the quince has been present in the most important civilizations settled along the Mediterranean. Perhaps, because of the need of this fruit of hot summers for proper ripening. Its origins date back about 4,000 years ago in the Caspian Sea area, particularly in ancient Babylon.
The Greeks and Romans offered the fruit as a wedding gift as it symbolizes love and fertility. For this reason, all quince trees were sacred to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The Greek brides were in the habit of biting a quince to perfume her kiss before entering the bridal chamber.

Even Charlemagne ordered quince trees to be planted in all the orchards with all other fruit trees. This continued presence in history has allowed it to be present in many ways in the kitchen over the centuries.
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