Quinces are medium sized semi-tropical deciduous trees, growing to about 10 to 15 feet in height. The fruit is larger than average apple and bumpy; appear somewhat like large guava, avocado, or as short-necked pear fruit, a member of Rosaceae family. The fruit is native to the warm-temperate areas of southwest Asia, falling in the Caucasus region. The vitamin C present in quince helps reduce the risk of heart disease in individuals. The seeds of the quince can be soaked to form a gel-like substance that can soothe inflammation of the skin and to offer further digestive support when taken internally, quince has high pectin content; quinces are particularly popular for use in jams, jellies, and preserves.
Quince is enriched with a variety of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, B, low in fat, high in fiber, also contains folate and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, selenium, zinc, and magnesium. The fruit is much more difficult to find in grocery stores than apples these days despite its long, storied history of cultivation and consumption, but its well worth picking a few up if you do happen to come across them because of the many amazing health benefits they offer.
Quince is great for peptic ulcers and in general soothes the GI tract. Quince works well for morning sickness, and mixed with honey is wonderful for colitis, diarrhoea, and intestinal infections and constipation.
Being rich in dietary fiber, quince is good for those people who are trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy body. The presence of potassium in quince helps the body keep high blood pressure in check. Quince juice is good for those suffering from anaemia, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory illnesses, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and even asthma.
Fruits are an important part of a daily diet as it is known to keep you healthy and provides your body with most of the important nutrients.