Quince - a storehouse of vitamins and trace elements
Quince: the benefits and harms of this incredible fruit are described in the works of many scientists. This storehouse of vitamins and trace elements has a beneficial effect on the work of almost all body systems. But eating it in food, it should be understood that there is a "reverse side of the coin."
Eating quince in food contributes to the treatment of many diseases
Quince is a very fragrant and incredibly juicy fruit known to mankind since ancient times. Thousands of modern people know about its healing power firsthand. The use of quince in food contributes to the treatment of many diseases. From the fruits of this plant make compotes, jams, prepare breakfast and desserts. It can be baked and even stewed. By the way, this fruit is even used as a side dish for meat.
Quince - one of the first trees that people began to grow specifically for the consumption of fruit in food. The first quince saplings, which, by the way, is now cultivated everywhere, were brought to European countries from the Asian region.
The first travelers who set foot on the land of East Asia told about the miraculous properties of this fruit. They also noted the delicious taste of Japanese quince. The fruits of the shrub-tree ripen in late autumn, more than absorbing the warm sunshine of the hot summer and the first September frosts.
Quince is one of the first trees that people began to grow specially for eating fruit.
What kind of fruit?
The name of this fruit comes directly from the name of the tree. It looks more like a bush and rarely grows up to 5 meters in height. The fruit looks like a hybrid of pear and apple.
Now quince is grown almost everywhere. This tree perfectly adapts to any climate conditions. Quince is grown in the Crimea and the Caucasus, in Europe and the countries of North and South America. The tree is unpretentious and feels great both on the plain and in the mountains at an altitude of up to 1500 meters above sea level. The only thing that can destroy it is a harsh and fierce winter. Average life expectancy is 70-80 years.
Note!Quince is almost never consumed raw. It may cause irritation of the intestines. Therefore, the fruit is subjected to heat treatment, boiled compotes and jams from it.
The fruit looks like a hybrid of pear and apple
Before you understand how useful and harmful quince for health, you should be familiar with the number of species and varieties of the product.
To date, revealed a huge number of varieties of quince. The most common of them are: apple-shaped quince - the fruits of this tree ripen in a short time, and pear-shaped - the fruit is juicy and sweet. There are also varieties such as ornamental, marble, pyramid, etc. There are species whose fruits ripen at the end of summer, and there are those whose crops are harvested before the appearance of the first snow.
Interesting! It is worth noting that now there are about half a thousand varieties, but only 40 of them are cultivated in Europe. In our country and the states of the European part of the continent, Aurora, the Crimean Early, Large-fruited, Excellent and Muscat are especially popular. The fruits of these trees are characterized by incredible juiciness and magnificence of taste. In African countries even grow poisonous varieties of quince.
For the cultivation of quince does not need to make special efforts. It does not require frequent watering, can grow even in the soil containing a lot of sand. The main thing - in time to cut fast-growing branches.
There are about half a thousand varieties, but only 40 of them are cultivated in Europe
Depending on the climate and soil, quince fruits may have different sizes and flavors. There are varieties that bring fruits weighing up to two kilograms, whereas quinces collected from the wild (shrubs grown from the seeds of the fruit) have an astringent taste and do not reach 100 grams in weight. When buying this fruit, do not try to wipe down the fluff from its skin. It allows quince longer stored in the refrigerator.
Starting a conversation about the benefits and dangers of quinces for the body, it makes sense to talk about a number of advantages of this product, because there are much more than disadvantages.
The composition of this fruit is a high concentration of glucose, fructose, pectin, carotene, organic acids and vitamin B. A huge number of useful microelements gives the right to classify quince as products recommended for frequent use.
The seeds and pulp of the fruit contain such useful and important elements for ensuring the normal functioning of our body as:
Calorie per 100 grams of quince is 38 kilocalories. The seeds of the fruit contain gelling substances, so often in the shop windows in the "dietary" section you can see jams and quince jelly.
Such an incredible amount of nutrients in the composition of the fruit prompted people to actively use the fruit in traditional medicine. Even doctors recommend daily use of quince to healthy people in order to prevent various diseases. Also, quince should be eaten during rehabilitation after a serious illness. The fruits have truly miraculous anti-inflammatory, hemostatic and anchoring properties that can significantly ease the course of the disease and improve the body's immune system.
Quince decoction is used as a means to reduce gastrointestinal disorders
- Eating berries has a beneficial effect on the work of the cardiovascular system, normalizes blood pressure.
- Quince decoction is used as a means to reduce gastrointestinal disorders.
- The fruit is used to treat anemia due to the presence of a huge amount of iron.
- Quince compote drink to cleanse the body. Having diuretic properties, this fruit removes slags and toxins from the body.
- Improve the condition of the lungs and liver helps decoction of seeds and pounded fruits.
How to use?
Quince raw is used very rarely. Most varieties bear fruit in late autumn, so the fruit has an astringent taste. Not everyone likes this, so quince is most often heat treated. Currently, there are a huge number of recipes that use quinces.
This fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for a very long time. But since it is used extremely rarely in its raw form, experienced housewives have long learned to make quince jam. The benefits and harms of such a product fully comply with the same characteristics of the fruit that has just been picked.
The benefits of quince jam are equal to freshly picked fruit
Frequent consumption of quince jam helps to improve digestion, enriches the body with iron, potassium and magnesium. Daily consumption of the product facilitates the course of serious diseases and increases the body's immune defense. But because of the sugar content in the composition of jam is contraindicated for people suffering from diabetes.
But such a disease is not always a contraindication to the use of quince in food. If you love this fruit, you can bake it in the oven without adding sugar. The benefits of baked quince are obvious, but nothing has been written about the harm in the works of scientists.
In the regions where this tree grows, every hostess in the cookbook has its own quince compote recipe. We can talk endlessly about the benefits and harms of this product, but let's note the key points:
- A large amount of provitamin A strengthens the immune system and improves the general condition of a person.
- Drinking every day a glass of compote you can fill the daily need of the body for potassium, iron, vitamins of group B, C, E.
- The liquid contains malic and citric acids, which help a person to quickly cope with a serious illness.
- Pectic substances and tartronic acids are extremely important during the period of active growth.
Drinking every day a glass of compote you can fill the daily need of the body for potassium, iron, vitamins of group B, C, E
This product is contraindicated in people with gastric ulcer suffering from pleurisy, constipation and intestinal obstruction.
No matter how you prepare a quince, be sure that all the beneficial properties of this fruit will remain in its original form. If you have a fever, and you feel weak, drink tea with quince jam, and within half an hour feel relief. It contributes to the rapid recovery of forces, resists the appearance of inflammatory processes.
Jam, jam and compote can be used as a supplement in the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and lungs. Surprisingly, quinces even stop bleeding. To do this, boil broths based on seeds and prepare tea from pieces of fruit.
Quince and pregnancy
Today there are a huge number of products that have valuable for the human body properties, but they can not be used during pregnancy. The benefits of quince in this case is indisputable. Healers of past centuries recommended that women in an “interesting position” eat as much quince as possible, because this was considered to be the key to the birth of a strong and healthy child.
Healers of past centuries recommended that women in an "interesting position" eat as much quince as possible, because this was considered a guarantee of the birth of a strong and healthy child.
Vitamin B1, which is contained in the fruit, will help the expectant mother to cope with the sudden onset of toxicosis, and the presence of folic acid is a guarantee of the formation of a strong nervous system in the fetus. Iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, etc. - all these trace elements are needed in large quantities, and the use of quince three times a week more than compensates for their lack.
A decoction of the leaves and bark of the tree will help stabilize the blood sugar levels of a pregnant woman, and a decoction of quince seeds can be used in the treatment of bronchitis, ARVI, tonsillitis and other infectious diseases. Eating a quince in food is necessary even so that during the carrying of the child the woman does not develop anemia due to iron deficiency.
Like any other product, quince has a number of contraindications that are worth paying attention to.
- Do not eat quinces for constipation and intestinal obstruction;
- Actors, TV and radio hosts are not recommended frequent use of quince. It greatly affects the vocal cords and irritates the larynx.
- If you abuse the quince can cause problems with breathing.
- Fresh fruits can irritate the gastric mucosa, so doctors do not recommend eating this fruit to people suffering from gastrointestinal diseases.
- Before cooking broths do not crush the seeds. If the integrity of the seeds is compromised, prussic acid is released, which can cause severe poisoning.
Fresh fruits can irritate the gastric mucosa, so doctors do not recommend eating this fruit to people suffering from gastrointestinal diseases.
Summing up the above, I would like to note that the benefits of quince are indisputable. Its use has a beneficial effect on the activity of the organism as a whole and most systems in particular. It is an excellent means of preventing and treating anemia, as the fruit contains a huge amount of iron. Due to the presence of a large number of microelements and vitamins, quince increases the body's immune properties, improves mood, normalizes blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Of course, like any other product, quince has contraindications, but they are obviously less than their beneficial properties. Therefore, people who can use quinces in any quantity, doctors recommend doing it at least three times a week.