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Most people know very little about this valuable fruit. The name appeared for the first time in the ancient Greek manuscript, around 600 BC, where quince fruit was mentioned as one of the treats for the wedding ceremony given they saw quince as the symbol of fertility.
The quince fruit belongs to the rose family and has a similar shape to apples and pears. Their flavor is specific and the smell is strong, especially when ripe.
Quince is packed with nutrients. It contains fiber and folate acid, a good combination of vitamins:
● Vitamin A
● Vitamin B3
● Vitamin B6
● Vitamin C
The ripe fruit has 15 mg or 25% of RDA from vitamin C in 100 grams. Quince is even richer in minerals content:
Promote heart health
Quince fruit is rich in potassium, a mineral essential for maintaining blood pressure, causing the vessels and arteries to relax, and thus can help to improve the cardiovascular system health. Eating quinces can decrease the risk of developing atherosclerosis, and lower your risk for coronary heart diseases.
Good for the immune system
Zinc and ferrum compound that are present in the quince can help increase the production of red blood cells and thus decrease the risk of developing anemia and common infections. The vitamin C is essential nutrient for a balanced immune system, and given quince fruit is rich in its content, the fruit can help to protect the body from the inflammation and bacteria or viruses infection.
Promote weight loss
Quince is a fruit low in calories and fat, but packed with essential nutrients. With only 52 calories per fruit, and with 1.7 grams of dietary fiber per fruit, quince is recommended for weight loss.
Good for hair health
Iron, copper, and zinc are minerals that are directly involved in the production of red blood cells. When there’s an optimum amount of red blood cells, the circulation increases and causes increased blood flow to the skin and scalp, increasing hair follicle health and stimulating hair growth.
How to consume quince?
Quince is a seasonal fruit, usually available from October to January. If you like their peculiar flavor you can eat them raw, but they are usually consumed though marmalade, jelly or jam. However, if you can avoid processed food, unless you have your own recipe for jam or marmalade, include quince in soups or salads.