The fragrant autumn fruit contains many vitamins and helps fight coughs. Let’s find out what other beneficial properties quinces have.
The history of quince in nutrition
The quince is a tree with fruit that looks like pears or apples. The ripe quince gives off a fragrant aroma. This may be one of the reasons why the quince in the Mediterranean was considered a symbol of fertility and Venus, the goddess of love. The quince was even used as a declaration of love – lovers gave the fruit to their chosen ones.
Cultivate this fruit for over 4000 years. In the wild in Russia quince grows mainly in the east of the country. Cultivate it in the Caucasus, Crimea, and Moldova, in Central Asia.
When boiled this fruit releases a lot of pectins, gelling the solution to a thick state. Because of this property, the Portuguese called quince “marmelo,” from which the word “marmalade” came.
Benefits of Quince
The quince fruit contains a lot of pectin compounds and tannins, which give it a peculiar taste. Also in the pulp is a high concentration of sugars: fructose, glucose; potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and copper.
Since ancient times, quince has been considered a special medicinal plant and used a decoction of the fruit to treat diseases of the stomach and intestines. The astringents in quince help with diarrhea and vomiting. When gastrointestinal mucous membranes are inflamed, pectin coats tissues and accelerates their healing.
Mucilage decoction of quince seeds has hemostatic properties, so it was used for uterine bleeding and to stop hemoptysis.
Antiseptic properties of quince help in the treatment of fissures, and inflammatory diseases of the throat and skin.
– Quince contains many vitamins and traces elements, so its presence in the diet favorably affects human health. The content of iron in quince is higher than in most fruits, but it should be remembered that this trace element from plant foods is absorbed in minimal amounts, – says doctor-endocrinologist Inga Alikhanyan.
Health benefits of quinces
Like any product, quince should be consumed in reasonable quantities. In any case, it is not recommended to eat the seeds, since they contain some harmful substances to the human body. Also, you should not be fond of quince for those who suffer from pleurisy and constipation.
A very unusual side effect of eating the fruit of this plant is a negative effect on the vocal cords and larynx. So, the singers, lecturers, and teachers should better refrain from the temptation of eating boiled quince. But there is no problem with the preparations based on it: you can use them safely, in this case, the ligaments and the throat will not suffer.
Even if you like sour, it is better not to eat quince in a raw form, as it can irritate the mucous membranes of the stomach and tickle the throat, thus having the opposite effect to that of stomach pains or pharyngeal ailments.