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Quince properties

Quince properties

Mireia Cervera 17 November 2016

If you like quince, you should know that this fruit is not only delicious, but also has many nutritional properties. Discover in this post its interesting benefits and main curiosities.

Although it seems origorigin of the Middle East, it grows throughout Asia and has spread throughout the Mediterranean, especially in Greece and border countries. In Spain it is grown in Valencia, Murcia, Extremadura and Andalusia, although it has been a crop in recession in recent years.time.

The best time of quinces begins in late September, well initiated the fall, in many cases extending until February. It is the fruit of the quince, a tree of small to medium size.anus belonging to the Rosaceae family . From its appearance we can see that it is quite similar to the apple, although its flavor has nothing to do with it. The quince is somewhat more tart and its flesh is much tougher.

Nutritionally, it is one of the lightest fruits , with a very low sugar and calorie content. It also contains abundant vegetable fiber, especially pectin, and tannins, which give it astringent properties. That is why it hasalways used as a regulator of intestinal transit.

In terms of vitamin content, the quince has small amounts of vitamin A, C and B. Among the minerals, the presence of squid stands outsio, ideal for preventing cramps and regulating the nervous system, but also for phosphorus, iron, calcium and a minimal amount of sodium. Among the phytochemicals in quince are flavanols that have antioxidant action.Therefore, they can help reduce the risk of some diseases such as cardiovascular diseases.

When you go to buy quinces , be sure to choose the specimens that have yellowish skin, intact and without bumps or bruises. Those with green skin are still immature, and if they have spots on the skin it means that they are alreadytoo ripe. The quince is a fruit that, once harvested, can be kept for two to three months. They can be frozen, however, it is necessary to peel it, clean it, cut it and then sprinkle with lemon juice so that it does not oxidize.

In cooking and baking it is a really well-known fruit, since the quince is the food with which the traditional dessert with the same name is made, and it consists of a sweet paste that is eaten alone withbread, or also with cheese. But they can also be eaten raw, they can be baked with sugar and cinnamon , and their pulp can be added to jams and fruit preserves to thicken them naturally, very rich in pectin and mucilage. SIt is also used to accompany meat dishes, fish, salads and in pastries to make cakes and sweets. And let's not forget one of its oldest uses, well known to our grandparents: to scent our cabinets naturally.

Take advantage of the benefits of this autumn fruit! As we have explained, it is a very healthy fruit, it feeds and provides almost no calories to our body.

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale