Before there was the apple, there was quince. Its cultivation originated in Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The Greeks cultivated what they called “golden apple” as they travelled into the Eastern Mediterranean between 200 & 100 BC. Quince appeared in Greek writing around 600 BC describing its use in wedding ceremonies. The mythical golden apple that was given to Aphrodite by Paris was actually a quince. It may also be that the apple mentioned in the Song of Solomon might have been a quince instead.
Its scientific name is Cydonia oblonga. It is native to the Eurasian region that includes Macedonia, Hungary, Turkey, and Armenia.
The quince is a small deciduous tree. It is mostly grown as an ornamental because of the beautiful pale pink blossoms it produces. The ripened fruit is yellowish-gold in color with a shape and consistency that is closely similar to pears and apples.
This super fruit contains an excellent amount of nutrients to keep your body fit. Essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, dietary fibers and phenolic compounds. It is also loaded with organic compounds like limonene, catechin, epicatechin and several phytonutrients.
Quince can provide you with an array of amazing health benefit. It effectively neutralizes and eliminates free radical in your body due to the high level of anti-oxidant it contains which also reduces the chances of developing various types of cancer. If you need to boost your immune system, the huge amount of vitamin C in this fruit will increase the supply of white blood cells to fight viruses, bacteria and pathogens in your body. Adding to that, the mineral contents and other trace minerals found in quince helps in the production of red blood cell that increases your blood circulation, thereby providing oxygen throughout the body.
Its high dietary fiber content keeps your gastrointestinal system working efficiently and get rid of your excess weight down by improving your digestive health. This fruit is also capable of maintaining blood pressure levels because of the potassium it holds that relaxes your arteries and blood vessels. This lower your risk of developing coronary heart disease.
When taken as tea, it can relieve you of digestive disorders, including stomach pain, and diarrhea. Applying directly as a poultice or compress can treat gashed or deeply cut skin, injuries, sore nipple, as well as swollen and painful joints.
Quince is mostly safe when taken as food. However, there is not much information on safe use of quince as medicine, therefore it’s best to avoid using the fruit. As for pregnant and nursing mothers, stay safe by avoiding quince as food or medicine.
Quince may be too sour tasting for you. Try the preserves type… very delightful!
Quince fun Fact: It was said that Charlemagne introduced quince to France by planting trees in the royal garden.
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