Persimmon is a unique and delicious fruit. It has many nutritional benefits and is an excellent source of fiber.
The Persimmon tree is part of the Ebenaceae family, typically eight species native to Asia and two to Eastern North America. It's also grown in Spain, Portugal, and other parts worldwide.
The fruit is usually pumpkin-like and can be eaten when ripe, raw, or cooked. It's known to have a sweet flavor, and its skin can also be eaten.
Persimmons are high in vitamin C and can be eaten fresh or dried - they make great snacks or can be used in desserts, salads, or stir-fries.
There are two main types of Persimmons: Fuyu, which is large and squarish and eaten when still slightly firm, and Hachiya, which is more oblong and needs to be completely ripe and soft before eating.
The Persimmon tree's wood is tough and used in golf clubs and other wood products.
The fruit of the Persimmon is high in antioxidants, which have properties believed to help in preventing certain diseases, such as cancer.
Persimmons also have a significant content of certain mineral elements such as potassium and magnesium and calcium, iron, zinc, and phosphorus.
Ancient Chinese medicine used Persimmon to treat various conditions, including fever, fatigue, asthma, digestive problems, and hypertension.
Persimmons are a great source of dietary fiber, which helps with digestion and may help lower cholesterol levels.
Persimmons contain complex carbohydrates and can enhance energy levels making them a great pick-me-up snack.