Fruit of the Gods


What are Persimmons?

Persimmons are a fruit that is loaded with nutrients: rich in vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals lutein and lycopene, as well as other antioxidants. A study comparing persimmons and apples found that persimmons had twice as much fiber, and significantly higher levels of potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and manganese. They can also lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol, prevent vascular diseases and decrease the risk of precancerous colon polyps.

Choose persimmons that are round, plump, and have a smooth glossy skin avoid blemishes, bruises or cracked skin. Choose persimmons with the calyx (green leaves at the top) still stuck to the flesh. Select ripe persimmons only if you plan to eat them immediately. Otherwise, buy firmer ones and allow them to ripen. Do ensure that they are ripe before you try to eat them, though, otherwise you are in for some significant pucker power.

The more they ripen, the more vitamins and polyphenols that persimmons contain. To serve cut in half and dig out the flesh with a spoon.