Botanical name: Cydonia oblonga Mill.
Other names: Pineapple quince, Elephant apple
Spanish name: Gamboa, Membrillo
French name: Coing
Quince is the fruit of the quince tree, Cydonia oblonga Mill, which belongs to the botanical family Rosaceae. It looks very similar to a pear.
Many people usually get pissed off from their first bite of quince due to its harsh taste. By mere looking, you might think its a variety of pear, but until you taste it, that’s when you know what actually it is. Many people prefer consuming quince in a jelly form than in its actual raw fruit form, because the jelly is so delicious
Properties and Health benefits of Quince
Raw quince contains negligible amounts of fats and proteins, its makes up less than a percent of its total content. It however, contains significant amounts of carbohydrates in form of sugars, about 13.4% of its total content. It should be noted that quince jelly contains more than 50% sugars, since it is made by adding some amounts of sugar.
In terms of vitamins and minerals, quince contains vitamin E, vitamin C, copper, Potassium, and iron in quite rich amounts.
Moreover, quince contains some non-nutritive components such as astringent tannins, and pectin. Pectin which is a soluble fiber, helps soothes the intestinal wall and facilitates bowel movement in the intestine. Astringent tannins also help dry the intestinal mucosa and reduce its inflammation.
The medicinal uses of quince are mainly due to their non-nutritive components. Below are its main indications:
Consumption of quince in almost any form, be it a snack or desert, is beneficial for both children and adults with a tendency to loose feces, or flatulence. It is adviced to be consumed as the first solid food after the acute phase of a diarrhea caused by colitis or gastroenteritis.
If raw quince is found difficult to consume due to its harsh acidic taste, one may resolve to its jelly. Quince jelly is an astringent that is well tolerated by both children and adults. It can be used as the first solid food after a phase of diarrhea.
* Excess cholesterol
The consumption of quince helps reduce blood cholesterol level. This is due to a non-nutritive component known as pectin. Pectin is a soluble fiber, it helps absorb excess cholesterol, and eliminates it together with feces.