Quince is a tree on which fruits that look like pears or apples grow. Ripe quince gives off a fragrant aroma. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the quince in the Mediterranean was considered a symbol of fertility and the goddess of love Venus. Quince was even used as a declaration of love – they gave each other fruit.
This fruit has been cultivated for over 4000 years. In the wild in Russia, quince does not grow everywhere, more in the east. It is cultivated a lot in the Caucasus, Crimea and Moldova, and Central Asia.
The benefits of quince
Quince fruits contain many pectin compounds and tannins, which give it a peculiar taste. Also, the pulp contains a high concentration of sugars: fructose, glucose; potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus and copper.
Since ancient times, quince was considered a special medicinal plant, and the fruit decoction was used to treat diseases of the stomach and intestines. Astringents in quince help with diarrhea and vomiting. In case of inflammation of the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, pectin envelops tissues and accelerates their healing.
A mucous broth of quince seeds has hemostatic properties, so it was used for uterine bleeding and to stop hemoptysis.
The antiseptic properties of quince help in the treatment of cracks, inflammatory diseases of the throat and skin. Many times, we recommend people to use cinnamon for skin benefits. If it is tough for you to find cinnamon you can also use quince for your skin.
Quince compote is made from well-ripened quince. The fruit has a pleasant aroma, sweet and sour taste.
Calorie content of quince compote
The calorie content of quince compote is 79 kcal per 100 grams of product.
Calories, kcal: 79
Proteins, g: 0.4
Fats, g: 0.0
Carbohydrates, g: 20.0
Composition of quince compote
The quince has a pro-vitamin A, vitamins of group B, C, E, PP, a number of other trace elements. Potassium in quince is 10 times more than sodium. Quince is rich in malic and citric acids. Quince compote also contains a lot of pectin and tartronic acid.
Useful properties of quince compote
Quince compote strengthens the body, acts as an anti-inflammatory, astringent and diuretic. It is recommended to drink it for problems of the gastrointestinal tract, anemia, heart and respiratory diseases.
Contraindications of quince compote
Quince compote is not recommended for people with pleurisy, constipation, diseases of the duodenum and stomach ulcers.
Quince compote in cooking
To make quince compote:
The quince is washed, peeled, cut into 8 pieces and cored, stalks and sepals are removed. After cutting, the quince is quickly immersed in water acidified with citric acid (10 g per 1 l of water) until softened, so that the quince, pricked with a needle, easily slides off.
The quince is left to dry, then placed in jars and poured with hot filling (for 1 liter of water, 300 g of sugar or sugar substitute ) so that it is all flooded (calorizer). The cans are closed, placed in a hot water sterilization tank and sterilized.
Due to the fact that the quinceIt is usually served in combination with other fruits and is best preserved in smaller jars. Sterilization of half-liter jars: 20 minutes – warmed up to 90 ° C, 30 minutes – sterilized at 90 ° C. At the end of sterilization, the jars are immediately cooled.
Quince juice is a valuable source of vitamins. Quince is a very useful fruit breed. Quince juice is squeezed out of the sweet and sour quince fruits that have lain down for some time. Before squeezing the juice, the early varieties of quince need to be aged after harvesting for 18-20 days, the later ones – about two months.
Calorie content of quince juice
The calorie content of quince juice is 45 kcal per 100 grams of product.
Calories, kcal: 45
Proteins, g: 0.5
Fats, g: 0.0
Carbohydrates, g: 10.6
Quince juice composition
Quince juice is rich in easily digestible sugars, organic acids, tannins, essential oils, vitamins C, B1, B2, PP, H and other useful substances.
Useful properties of quince juice
Quince juice has tonic, antiseptic, hemostatic, astringent and diuretic properties. It is recommended to drink it for anemia, cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, asthma or baked fruits – a good antiemetic. Quince juice significantly alleviates the condition of asthmatics.
Contraindications and harm of quince juice
Quince juice is not recommended for people with constipation, pleurisy, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer.
According to some reports, the fruits of quince can harm the larynx and vocal cords.
Quince juice in cooking
Quince juice goes well with apple, peach, carrot and pumpkin juice. Wine is made from it (including even sparkling wine).
Condensed quince juice with pulp is very popular in Central Asia, it is also called quince cheese (calorizer). In Uzbekistan, Georgia and Australia are preparing lamb with quince (in Uzbek this dish called “behili zharkop”).
A fragrant dessert is prepared from the evaporated quince juice – quince marmalade. By the way, it is believed that the word “marmalade” itself comes from the Portuguese name for quince – marmelo.
Quince is stored in the refrigerator in a paper bag for up to 4 months. The paper will absorb excess moisture – raw fruits quickly deteriorate.