This yellow fall fruit is quite popular in the Black Sea in Europe, and many cuisines incorporate it into delicious recipes. Although this fruit has been eaten for many years in Europe and parts of Asia, in the U.S, not many people add it to their groceries list.
However, you might want to reconsider if you are a fan of low-calorie fruits with great flavor and health benefits. A study mentions that Cydonia oblonga M., known as quince, belongs to the family Rosaceae. It has been consumed or used in medical supplements/ treatments thanks to its many properties.
The authors of the study published in the National Library of Medicine describe the health properties of quince:
… is used to prevent or treat several ailments such as cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, ulcer, respiratory, and urinary infections, etc. Cydonia oblonga, commonly known as quince, is rich in useful secondary metabolites such as phenolics, steroids, flavonoids, terpenoids, tannins, sugars, organic acids, and glycosides. A wide range of pharmacological activities like antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, cardiovascular, antidepressant, antidiarrheal, hypolipidemic, diuretic, and hypoglycemic have been ascribed to various parts of C. oblonga. The polysaccharide mucilage, glucuronoxylan extruded from seeds of C. oblonga is used in dermal patches to heal wounds.’’
The ultimate diet snack:
Quince is a source of fiber, and it can be the perfect snack when you are on a diet. According to FoodData Central, from the U.S Department of Agriculture, 92 grams of this fruit has only 52 calories, along with many vitamins and minerals. Because of the wonderful source of fibers and low calories count, quince is the perfect snack if you are on a diet and do not have time to prepare a healthy homemade snack. You can eat it cut in slices, or you can add the fruit to your deserts.
Pregnant women can get rid of nausea
According to sources, pregnant women can drink quince syrup to get rid of the typical nausea symptoms. The great thing about quince is that it can be used to make syrup, jam, kompot, and many deserts.