What is Persimmon?
Persimmon is an edible fruit (particularly, a berry) that grows on a variety of Diospyros trees. Persimmons, their orange-colored fruits, are noted for their sweet, honey-like flavor. While there are hundreds of variations, the Hachiya and Fuyu are two of the most popular. The astringent Hachiya persimmons have a high content of plant chemicals called tannins, which give the unripe fruit a dry, bitter taste. Although Fuyu persimmons contain tannins, they are not considered astringent. Unlike Hachiya persimmons, the crisp, tomato-shaped Fuyu variety can be eaten before it ripens entirely.
Where it is found?
The common persimmon tree is a natural species that can be found from southern New England to the south-eastern United States, as well as westward to Kansas and Texas.
- Calories: 118
- Carbs: 31 grams
- Protein: 1grams
- Fat: 0.3 grams
- Fiber: 6 grams
- Vitamin A: 55% of RDI
- Vitamin C: 22% of RDI
- Vitamin E: 6% of RDI
- Vitamin K: 5% of RDI
- Vitamin B6(pyridoxine): 8% of RDI
- Potassium: 8% of RDI
- Copper: 9% of RDI
- Manganese: 30% of RDI
What are its benefits?
- Excellent source of antioxidants
- Benefit hearts health
- Help reduce inflammation
- Rich in fiber
- Support healthy vision
- Support immune system
- Diabetes prevention
How to grow it?
- choose a sunny spot
- Because persimmons have such deep taproots, be sure to dig a deep hole before planting.
- In the bottom of the planting hole, mix 8 inches (20 cm) of dirt and loam.
- Then, using loam and native soil, fill the hole.
How to include it in your diet?
- Persimmons are a tasty complement to a salad when sliced thinly.
- Persimmon, fresh or dried, can be added to muffin, bread, or cake batters.
- For a delightful fruit salad, combine with berries and citrus fruits.
- Persimmons are sliced and dried in the oven to form natural fruit strips.