Persimmons

Persimmons

In Season

Persimmons are in season September – December

This seasonal fruit, also happens to be the national fruit of Japan and is a unique and somewhat unheard of fruit. Persimmons are mostly known for their sweet flavor and bright orange color. 

This fruit is low in calories but high in fiber, so do take into consideration the amount of persimmons you’re consuming. A diet high in fiber can cause issues such as bloating and flatulence. However fiber is great for  digestion and may help lower LDL cholesterol. Finding a good balance can be great when enjoying this fruit.

Persimmons come in two common varieties, Hachiya and Fuyu. Hachiya resemble an acorn shape and have a bright orange skin. They are best when very ripe and soft, when ripe they maintain the sweet taste they are known for. When they are not ripe they have a bitter taste. This bitterness is from the tannins that persimmons have. You may have heard of tannins in wine, these are what give a dry, pucker feeling to your mouth when consuming certain red wines. Fuyu persimmons are lighter in color and are smaller and rounder. This type of persimmon is best when firm and crisp, they resemble the taste of an apple or pears. 

Persimmon Health Benefits:


This fruit full of antioxidants as well as vitamin A and C. Vitamin A is great for eye and skin health. Just one persimmon contains about 55% of the daily need for vitamin A. Persimmons’ bright orange color comes from the presence of beta carotenes. Beta carotenes come from carotenoid antioxidant and have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease

Persimmons are a great addition to a sweet or savory dish. Add them into a smoothie or salad or enjoy as a side for a unique flavor this fall/winter season.

Credits & Attributes:

Blog content is created by Mackenzie Merriman, Dietetic Student Intern. Blog post content is reviewed and approved by Shraddha Chaubey, MS, RDN, CDN/LDN

Links

https://www.heart.org/en/news/2020/10/19/persimmons-pack-plenty-of-nutritional-punch

https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/in-season/2008/12/in-season-persimmons