Quince

The Heath Benefits of Quince

 Quinces are laden with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, pectin fibre, phosphorous, potassium, poly-phenolic anti-oxidants, selenium, tannins including catechin and epicatechin and zinc

 WELLNESS

These sweet, delicious and nutritious distant cousins of apples and pears have immeasurable health benefits including but not limited to protection against and treatment of the following

Anemia The quince’s wealth of iron can help prevent anemia

Anti-cancer properties Vitamin’s A and C and other poly-phenolic anti-oxidants remove free radicals from the body and suppress various cancers including those of the esophagus, oral cavity, lungs, pancreas, rectum and stomach.  Folate seems to have some effectiveness against cervical cancer.  Tannins found in quince pulp bind to harmful toxins in the colon, which can prevent colo-rectal cancer

 Anti-inflammatory abilities Vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory agent and can help control arthritis and asthma

 Bone & teeth health Potassium preserves calcium in the bones and increases bone density and strength.  Calcium prevents osteoporosis.  Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums

Colon health Tannins protect the mucous membranes from IBD, or inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis

 Digestive health Quince aids in digestion and can prevent peptic ulcers.  Quince is a terrific diuretic.  Quince also works wonders to relieve colitis, constipation, diarrhea, intestinal infections, nausea and vomiting.  B-complex vitamins maintain healthy mucous membranes in the digestive tract

Eye health Vitamin A maintains healthy eye tissue, promotes higher visual acuity and protects against age-related macular degeneration

Heart health Pectin fibre and tannins both lower LDL aka “bad cholesterol.”  Lowering cholesterol reduces the risk of coronary disease and stroke.  Potassium lowers blood pressure.  Magnesium regulates the pumping of the heart and relaxes blood vessels

Immune system health Quince has remarkable anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.  Vitamin C is an exemplary immune system booster, which can fight off and lessen the symptoms of numerous diseases, infections and viruses ranging from the common cold to influenza to HIV

Pregnancy Folate is an essential B vitamin for pregnant women as it promotes healthy growth of the baby and prevents birth defects.  Quince has also been shown to alleviate morning sickness

BEAUTY

 Anti-oxidant properties Quince is brimming with Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants, which protect the body from oxidative stress and slow the aging process

Skin health The anti-oxidants inherent in quince retard the signs of premature aging including fine lines and wrinkles.  Quince, when made into a homemade topical mixture, has shown success in treating acne

 WEIGHT LOSS

 Nutritional intake Quince is the perfect diet food.  It is low in calories (with only 52 per 250mL), low in fat, high in fibre and a natural diuretic.  Fibre will keep you regular, which oft results in more steady weight loss

  Cooking

My favorite is poached in red wine, star anise, sugar and lemon juie

Or a home made quince paste with cheese

 If you are new to quince, try making this supremely easy quince jelly.  All you need is 1.6 kilos of washed and quartered quince, 1656.1 mL of water and about 946.35gms of sugar

Place the quinces in water, cover with water and bring them up to a high, rolling boil.  Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for roughly 45 minutes, until the quinces are soft

Drain the quince and mash them into an almost lumpy apple sauce consistency.  A neat trick is using a potato masher

Strain the pulp using cheesecloth or even a very fine strainer.

Place the juice back into the stockpot, bring to a boil, add the sugar (with the ratio of 207.01 gms of sugar for each 250 mL of juice) and then bring back to a boil until it reaches 104.4 Celsius).  Pour the slightly thickened mixture into sealable jars and enjoy for months to come

 

Cool fact about Quinces:  Some historians believe that the quince is the original “forbidden fruit” eaten in the Garden of Eden

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