Persimmon (Diospyros) is an orange-red custard like fruit with a thin but firm skin of the same color.
Health Benefits of Persimmon
Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
Increased Immune Function
Reduced Cancer Risk
Protection Against Heart Disease
Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
Persimmons contain two compounds known as shibuol and betulinic acid that are thought to have anti-cancer properties.
Persimmons are also high in fiber and have been used to treat constipation and hemorrhoids. *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly
concentrated in Persimmon, and may not necessarily be related to Persimmon.
How to choose Persimmon
Persimmons become very soft and mushy when ripe, so don't be afraid buy fruit that looks bruised or discolored. However, some persimmons will not soften no matter how long they ripen. In this case, the only way to tell if persimmons are ripe is to taste one and see if it is ready or not. When not ripe, a persimmon has a grainy (astringent) texture, and is not at all sweet.
Climate and origin
Persimmons originated in Japan and China and grow best in warm temperate conditions, however, persimmons are hardy fruits which can be found in much colder climates.
When properly ripened a persimmon will have a very sweet fragrant taste with a pulpy custard like texture.
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