The Sweet World of Persimmons: A Culinary Delight and Nutrient Powerhouse
In this blog post you will learn:
- What persimmons are
- Are persimmons some weird apples from Japan
- When persimmons are in season
- Which countries are the greatest persimmon producers
- What the most common persimmon types are
- Why you might have been disappointed in persimmons before
- How does a truly ripe persimmon look like
- Why eating persimmons may make your mouth feel itchy and dry
- In which nutrients are persimmon rich
- What the health benefits of eating persimmons are
- What science says about persimmons
- What the best ways of eating persimmons are
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Known for their unique flavour and vibrant orange hue, persimmons are a delectable fruit that not only tantalises the taste buds but also packs a nutritional punch. In this blog post, we’ll explore the different varieties of persimmons, their health benefits, and offer some mouthwatering recipes to make the most of this versatile fruit.
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Are persimmons some weird apples from Japan?
Not at all!
Even though some people confuse them for tomatoes and others for apples, persimmons are nothing like tomatoes nor apples in terms of taste and texture. It is a completely different and unique fruit.
When are persimmons in season?
The persimmon season varies depending on the type of persimmon and the region where they are grown. Generally, there are two main types of persimmons: Hachiya and Fuyu. Each type has its own peak season:
- When are Hachiya persimmons in season?
Hachiya persimmons are typically in season in the fall, starting from late September to November. They are usually harvested when fully ripe and have a soft, jelly-like texture.
- When are Fuyu persimmons in season?
Fuyu persimmons are often available in the fall as well, from October through December.
The specific timing of the persimmon season can also be influenced by factors such as climate, weather conditions in the given year, and the specific variety of persimmon being grown. It’s advisable to check with local farmers’ markets, grocery stores, or orchards in your area for the most accurate information on when persimmons are in season in the given year and the region.
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What are the most common persimmon types?
Persimmons come in two main types: Fuyu and Hachiya.
Fuyu persimmons are squat and round, resembling tomatoes, and can be eaten while still firm.
Hachiya persimmons, on the other hand, are acorn-shaped and should be enjoyed when fully ripe and soft.
There are many different varieties and cultivators of these two main persimmon types. In general, all persimmons boast a rich, honey-like sweetness, making them a favourite among fruit enthusiasts.
Why have you been disappointed in persimmons?
Many times people tell me that they tried persimmons just to be absolutely disappointed! They say that they did not like the taste and texture of this fruit at all. To make matters worse, they had the unpleasant experience of feeling dry and itchy sensation in their mouth after biting into a persimmon.
I completely understand why this unpleasant situation happened! The most common mistake in eating persimmons is to eat them unripe.
It is necessary for persimmons to ripen long enough at room temperature. Only when persimmons become completely soft are they ready for consumption.
See what a really ripe persimmon looks like:
Why eating persimmons make your mouth dry and itchy?
Eating persimmons can cause a dry and itchy sensation in the mouth for some individuals due to a substance called tannins. Tannins are naturally occurring compounds found in various plants, including persimmons.
There are two main types of persimmons: astringent and non-astringent.
- Astringent Persimmons
Varieties like the Hachiya persimmon are high in tannins, especially when they are not fully ripe. Tannins have astringent properties, meaning they can cause a puckering or dry feeling in the mouth. When these persimmons are not fully ripe, the tannin content is higher, leading to a more pronounced astringency.
- Non-astringent Persimmons
Varieties like the Fuyu persimmon are lower in tannins, even when unripe. These types are generally less astringent and can be enjoyed even when firm.
To minimise the dry and itchy sensation when consuming astringent persimmons follow the these guidelines:
- Wait for persimmons to fully ripen
Allow the persimmons to ripen fully by just leaving them at room temperature. Ripe astringent persimmons become soft and have a jelly-like texture, indicating that the tannins have broken down.
- Peel the persimmons
Removing the skin can reduce the tannin content, as the skin tends to contain a higher concentration of these compounds.
- Dehydrate persimmons
Dehydrating the persimmons can also reduce astringency, making them more palatable.
It’s important to note that the reaction to tannins varies among individuals. Some people may experience a more pronounced dry and itchy sensation, while others may not be as affected. If the sensation is severe or persists, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, as it could be indicative of an allergic reaction or sensitivity to certain compounds in the fruit.
In which nutrients are persimmons rich?
Beyond their delicious taste, persimmons are a nutritional powerhouse. They are a rich source of:
- dietary fiber
- beta carotenes (precursor of vitamins A)
- vitamin C
- potassium (K)
- manganese (Mn)
These nutrients contribute to better digestion, immune system support, and overall well-being.
What are the health benefits of eating persimmons?
Persimmons are a nutrient treasure trove, so eating this sweet winter fruit is a pleasure that offers numerous health benefits.
- Heart Health
The high fiber content in persimmons helps regulate cholesterol levels, promoting heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Immune Boost
Loaded with vitamin C, persimmons are a natural immune system booster, helping the body to stay in a high level of health and vitality.
- Digestive Wellness
The fiber in persimmons aids in digestion, preventing constipation and promoting a healthy gut.
What does science say about persimmons?
In this STUDY on persimmon, the scientists made the following conclusion about this fruit:
Persimmon is naturally bestowed with bioactive molecules including proanthocyanidins, ﬂavonoids, tannins, phenolic, carotenoids, dietary fiber, and etc. Persimmon leaves and fruit have imperative significance for coronary health because of hypocholesterolemic, anti-atherosclerosis and antioxidant perspectives. Although hypotensive and anticancer responses have been reported for persimmon and its bioactive especially condensed tannin and flavonoids too but yet demands further probing to unveil their therapeutic mechanisms. In the last, utilization of persimmon and its bioactive components can be effective in reducing the burden of diabetes mellitus. However, coherent and systematic research is still required to bring meticulousness.
What are the best ways to eat persimmons?
Persimmons are such a delicious and versatile fruit, meaning that with a bit of creativity and good ideas, you can make mouth-watering meals with this paradise fruit. Let’s explore some culinary ideas on how to incorporate persimmons into your diet.
- Fresh and Simple
Enjoy Fuyu persimmons sliced and added to salads for a sweet crunch.
Alternatively, indulge in Hachiya persimmons by scooping out the soft flesh with a spoon for a naturally sweet dessert.
- Persimmon pudding
Persimmon pudding is such a classic must-have in winter months when delicious persimmons are in season. By simply blending some persimmons you get a creamy and sweet pudding that is hard to beat.
Lear how to make this delicious persimmon pudding
- Savory Dishes
Persimmons can be a surprising addition to savory dishes. When blended, they give egg-yolk consistency. With a bit of imagination, they can be egg replacement in pasta carbonara!
Lear how to make raw vegan pasta carbonara
My personal experience with persimmons
Sadly enough, it was only at the age of 27 when I discovered this absolutely divine fruit! Growing up on a standard diet, I was exposed only to most commonly sold fruit like some apples, bananas and oranges.
Finally at the age of 27, which was in 2012, I stumbled across the low fat raw vegan diet and my world has changed for good! I started discovering new tastes and new fruit and veggie varieties. One of them being the divine persimmons.
Since then – Novmber 2012 when I discovered this fruit, persimmons and I have been madly in love which gets stronger each winter when persimmons are in season.
My favourite way to eat them is in a persimmon pudding which is literally my lunch every single day during this beautiful fruit season.
You can bet that my kitchen is filled with persimmons starting November, through half January, which is a typical persimmon season.
In conclusion, persimmons are not only a delicious addition to your culinary repertoire but also a nutritional treasure trove. Whether enjoyed fresh, blended into puddings, or used in creative recipes, persimmons are a versatile fruit that deserves a place in your diet. Explore the sweet world of persimmons and savour the goodness they bring to your dinning table, as well as to each and every of your bodily cells.
By incorporating persimmons into your meals, you not only elevate your culinary experiences but also reap the health benefits that this extraordinary fruit has to offer. So, why not indulge in the sweet and nutritious allure of persimmons today? Your taste buds and your body will thank you!
Do you like persimmons?
If your answer is yes, tell us, what is your favourite way to eat them and which variety is your favourite?
If your answer is no, let us know what do you dislike about about this fruit.
Leave your answers in the comments down below.
For your delicious & healthy bites,
Marina from Health Glows
As a certified raw vegan diet and healthy lifestyle coach, Marina helps her clients and followers to transition to a raw vegan diet in a proven and sustainable way, along with incorporating an exercise program for staying fit long term, in order to get rid of health problems and build a high level of health.