Quince, the “golden apple”

Did you know that the term “jam” originally meant quince jam and came from the Portuguese word marmelo, meaning “quince”?

Quince is also known as the “golden apple”, but also as a symbol of love. In Greece, quince was sacred to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility. According to various sources, Greek brides chewed on a piece of quince to get sweet-smelling breath before entering the bridal chamber. Nowadays quince is cultivated mostly on Mediterranean.

Quince contains vitamin C. Its juice is delicious and consumed by children as it does not contain alcohol.

One of its mail ingredients is  pectin and therefore is helps against cholesterol and diabetes. Pectin also contributes to good functioning of the cardiovascular and immune system.

Quince is used in confectionery….spoon sweets, paste, pasta and jam are made of quince.

The raw quince is used  against diarrhea. Quince wine is  beneficial for asthma

Useful tips for quince  lovers

-Choose big hard and yellow quinces (with little or no green spots).

-Storage them in a plastic bag and keep in the refrigerator for about 2 months.

-Try them with pork, beef or chicken to create a sweet and sour flavor.

-Remove the seeds before cooking. Like apples, apricots and other similar fruits, the seeds contain amygdalin, which can cause poisoning.

Varvara Solomonidou,Wellness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Seminar & Conference Lecturer, Pilates Master Trainer “AthensTrainers® Ultimate Pilates System®”, Member of European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO), General Manager & Owner of AthensTrainers®


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