Properties of QUINCE

It's not the famous apple from Snow White, but the fruit dedicated to Venus, and for centuries considered a good omen and fertility, and importamnt in marriage rites. The quince (Cydonia vulgaris) is a small tree of the Rosaceae such as apple and pear originates in an area that extends from Asia Minor to China. Its cultivation was already known in Greek and Roman times, as witnessed by the ancient frescoes of Pompeii. There are two types according to the shape of the fruit: the maliformi, most popular, and pear-shaped, of variable size and often asymmetrical, deep golden yellow in color when ripe, whose flesh is sweet and slightly astringent. In Italy the quince grows wild in many regions, and often it is used as pear rootstocks.It reaches a height of 4-6 meters and has white-pink flowers. The collection of quince is between September and October. The fruit is not eaten when they are fresh pulp since they are too harsh and astringent, but just because they are rich in pectin, it is used as a thickener to produce jams and chutneys, jellies, jams, liqueurs and spirits. The fruit has a persistent fragrant, traditionally used to scent closets and linen. It has tonic-astringent, antinfiamatorie digestive, emollient, sedative property, thanks to the presence of tannins that slow peristalsis and protect the intestinal mucosa, strengthen the layers and make the surface less fragile. They also have an antibacterial effect. The mucilage contained in the seeds effectively counteract the dehydration of the epidermis and the onset of wrinkles. Here is a traditional recipe to macerate the peel of three quinces in untreated alcohol for two weeks, filter and store in a closed bottle, then pass the lotion with a cotton ball in the morning and evening after face cleansing. For a wrinkle mask, however, mix the seeds of the quince with sufficient water to create a dough not too soft, let it sit for fifteen minutes and then apply the mixture on your face, leave for thirty minutes and then rinse it with warm water. Against sore throat, however, cook two quinces in a little water sweetened with honey until the flesh will not be totally limp, and then filter and dilute decoction of a spoonful in a glass of water and gargle three times a day.Cough, however, leave to soak for about an hour a spoonful of quince seeds in a cup of boiling water, filter, sweeten with honey and drink when needed.

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