What is a persimmon? – Sweet and deliciously healthy

what is a persimmon
Pass the Persimmon

Pass the Persimmon

Lovingly referred to as ‘food of the gods’ the Persimmon isn’t that well known! It’s one of those fruits that you hear the name of and you just cannot quite picture what it should look like.

For me, I was like ‘Oh isn’t like a mini orange kinda thing’??

Persimmons originated in Japan and are their national fruit, they are believed to have made their merry way into America in the 1800’s BUT we are still not that familiar with them.

They are now grown all over the world; from China, Burma, Australia to California. All they need is a little sun and a lot of watering. They grow in trees and are harvested all throughout the year.

Since moving to Spain (taking time out to recover) I have seen this golden ball of fruitiness everywhere. Grocery stores, markets, fruit & vegetable shops and even the odd tobacconist sell them, so I had to give one ago!

They taste like what?!

Persimmons come in many varieties and can be eaten with the skin on and contain no annoying seeds or pips.

They taste like a cross between and Apple and a Pear, although without the sharp sourness of an Apple or the harsh sweetness of a Pear.

Eating slices of cold fresh Persimmon is one of my favorite and simple ways to enjoy one.

Give recipes a splash of color!

Persimmon peanut butter tart
Colorful tart

What can you ‘do’ with a Persimmon?

Due to their firm texture, they can often be used in the same recipes as Apples and Pears.

I made this AWESOME Persimmon tart and it was refreshing, easy and looked beautiful too. I have also spiralized a Persimmon and added it to morning oatmeal or livened up a lunchtime salad.

The beautiful orange color and fresh flavor of a Persimmon really gives a sweet but delicate BANG to most recipes.

For GOODNESS sake!

Oh yes – It is full of goodness for our bodies. Similar in nutritional goodness as Sweet Potato, they are full of Vitamin A, C, and Manganese. They have proven antibiotic and anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as being loaded with fiber.

They are high in fructose, so should be eaten in moderation. Although a fabulously healthier sugar, our body takes time, to deal with fructose and it can sometimes have adverse effects in some people.

Next time you spy a Persimmon, don’t walk passed, take one home and give it a try! I assure you, you will be saying ‘Pass the Persimmon’ in no time.



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