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The innumerable qualities of quince An astringent agent which also has a laxative quality, it acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-cholesterol agent as well, and the seeds have anti-aging properties that can prevent wrinkling of the skin by Novella Pranzo
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A ripe quince, ready for picking. Photo by Dario Ersetti

Leccese quince


- 1 kg of quince

- 700 g of sugar

- lemon juice (optional)


Nutrition facts per 100 grams of product:


- calories: 301 Kcal

- protein: 0.3 g

- fat: 0.3 g

- carbohydrates: 79.5 g

- sugars: 73 g

- fiber: 6.5 g



30 grams of quince with 3 rusks and a glass of milk is a good and nutritionally balanced breakfast, a perfect way to start the day with a sprint – the right fuel to get a good start in the morning.

      This quince has the distinction of being naturally rich in pectin, a substance that is used as a thickener in the manufacture of confectionery products such as jams and in the production of liqueurs and distilled spirits. Pectin also has a reducing effect on the absorption of cholesterol.

      Another important feature is its versatility. In fact, if the fruit is eaten raw, it has a significant astringent and anti-inflammatory action on the digestive system and, thanks to its content of malic acid, aids digestion; if instead it is consumed cooked, it acts as a mild laxative due to its high fiber and pectin content. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the throat if consumed as a decoction.

      The quince, like all fruit in general, is a food source especially rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, C, PP, etc.) and minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc.), it also contains tannins , which have a protective effect on intestinal mucosa, and oxalic acid, which has teeth whitening properties.

      Quince is also used to make numerous decoctions and infusions.

      The seeds are rich in mucilage, which contrasts the onset of wrinkles by combating the dehydration of the epidermis. They are also excellent for coughs (just let them soak in hot water and then add a little honey).

      In short, just one quince a day keeps the doctor away.

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