Quince is an Ancient fruit, mostly found in a Roman cooking. Quince grows on the small trees and it is closely related to apples and pears. It is one of the nutritious fruit. When Quince in raw form it tastes slightly sour and inedible. But when we cook it tastes good that's why it is perfect ingredient for cooking. Quince appears in a pear shaped and bright golden-yellow color. Its botanical name is Cydonia Oblonga.
Initially cultivation of quince began in Mesopotamia, present it is Northern Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. And it was cultivated by the Greeks. The other names for the Quince are coines, coing, Cydonian apple, elephant apple, maja pahit, ma-tum, pineapple quince, quitte, and vilvam.
Quince is used to prepare the various dishes. Cotignac is a gel which is prepared by boiling quince juice and sugar, and it is set into the small wooden boxes to form confections. It is normally presented to the French royalty in honor of their visit to the cities and outlying villages. This gel is still available in some areas of the France, in Spain and Middle East it is known by the other names.
We can make kindling wood using the branches of quince tree because they are very hard. In ancient times, quince fruits are used to perfume the room because they are so fragrant at the room temperature. Like, we use the room fresheners today to fragrant the room.
Quince is a seasonal fruit available in the January, and in some areas they still purchased through February and March. Using quince we can make the best fruit sauce which is similar to the apple sauce.
It is believed that the quince originated in Caucasus. The Caucasus region is located at the border of Europe and Asia, which is situated between the Black and Caspian Seas.
An average quince weighs 100grams and provides 57 calories with certain amount of dietary fibre. It is a rich source of vitamin c, zinc, potassium, copper, iron and also rich in a certain compounds like catechin, epicatechin, limonene and phytonutrients.
The below table shows the nutrition percentage of Quince fruit.
This table shows the percentage of the calories present in a food come from carbohydrates, fats, proteins.
Glycemic Index plays the important role in your diet. If you are a health-conscious then GI is very much useful to known how much impact particular food does to your blood glucose levels.
If a food comes with a GI of 55 or less then it is considered to be "Low GI", and a GI of 55 to 69 is a "Moderate GI", and GI of 70 or greater is a "High GI".
Quince is a Low Glycemic Index, and it is best fruit for those who likes to lose weight. Because the fruits which are comes in Low GI contains the low sugar content. So, peoples who likes to shed weight mostly eat recipes which have either Low GI or Moderate GI.
- Prevents Cancer
- Weight Loss
- Blood Pressure
- Healthy Skin
- Boosting Immune System
- Allergic Reactions
- Hair Loss
Quince fruit can reduce the chances of developing cancer. It contains the high level of antioxidants, phenolic and phytonutrient compounds. Which work effectively in neutralizing or eliminating the free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are dangerous byproducts that can cause healthy cells to die. Antioxidants which is present in the quince fruit can reduce developing various types of cancers.
Quince fruit is high in dietary fiber and low in calories, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. The fiber keeps you full for a long time and makes you less hungry. All the above qualities make these fruit right choice for weight loss and good health.
To maintain blood pressure normal potassium mineral plays the important role in the human body. Quince is rich in potassium which can decrease the chances of developing conditions like heart diseases, heart attacks and strokes.
It consists high level of antioxidants and vitamins which keeps your skin healthy and young. Antioxidants which are present in the quince can reduce the wrinkles and helps to defend the skin against from the UV radiations.
Boosting Immune System
As mentioned above, quince consists huge amount of antioxidants and other vitamins, like vitamin C and E which helps to boost the immune system.
It has ability to control the allergic reactions. Quince contain high levels of vitamin C which helps to control and improve the appearance of your skin.
It is rich in minerals like iron, copper and zinc. These minerals are important for the production of red blood cells. When production of red blood cells increases, the circulation around the body increases and oxygen is carried throughout the body. This increase blood flow to the skin and scalp, which increase the growth of hair.