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Healthy Food Database - Quince

Forget roses, a gift of quinces is a true sign of ardour and devotion. In Greek mythology the quince was the famous golden apple awarded by Paris to Aphrodite, goddess of love. The quince is related to both the apple and the pear but is too hard and sour to eat raw. When cooked it has a soft, pink flesh and the grainy texture of stewed pear.

Quinces are ready when they are bright yellow in colour and extremely fragrant. Avoid any that are insect damaged (watch out for small holes, a sign of burrowing critters). Quinces should be very hard - a soft fruit is rotten inside.

Quinces take a long time to cook. They are delicious baked in a sweetened liquid, with aromatic whole spices like cardamom and cinnamon. When preparing quince, drop the cut pieces into acidulated water (water with lemon juice) otherwise they will discolour quickly.
Category: Fruit
In Season: Autumn Winter
To Buy: Quinces are ready when they are bright yellow in colour and extremely fragrant. Avoid any that are insect damaged (watch out for small holes, a sign of burrowing critters). Quinces should be very hard - a soft fruit is rotten inside.
To Store: Quinces will keep in a cool place for several months - place on a single layer in a basket and do not refrigerate.
Tips & Tricks:

Nutrition (100 Grams):

Energy (kJ): 260
Fibre, g:
Fat (g): 0.2
Monosaturated Fat , g: 0.0
Potassium: Needed for normal growth and muscle and nerve contraction. Together with sodium regulates water and fluid balance in the body.
Salicylates: Naturally occurring plant chemicals found in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, jams, honey, yeast extracts, tea and coffee, juices, beer and wines. Also present in flavourings, perfumes, scented toiletries and some medications.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. No information available
Carbohydrates, g: 11.0
Protein (g): 0.5
Saturated Fat, g : 0.0
Vitamin C: Antioxidant, anti inflammatory and immune-boosting, this vitamin has a range of uses. Is essential for collagen formation, therefore plays a role in wound healing. Fights infection and protects against free radical damage. Vitamin C helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, promotes the absorption of iron and counters the effects of stress as it is concentrated in the adrenal glands.

Contraindications:
Large doses can cause diaorrhea or gas.
Amines: Amines come the breakdown or fermentation of proteins. High amounts are found in cheese, chocolate, wine, beer and yeast extracts. Smaller amounts are present in some fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. No information available
Glutamates: Glutamate is found naturally in many foods, as part of protein. It enhances the flavour of food, which is why foods rich in natural glutamates such as tomatoes, mushrooms and cheeses are commonly used in meals. Pure monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as an additive to artificially flavour many processed foods, and should be avoided, especially in sensitive individuals as it can cause serious adverse reactions. n/a

Cooking:

Cooking Tips: Stew quince slowly to make fillings for pies and tarts. Sweeten with pear concentrate in place of sugar.

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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