June 9, 2015

Persimmons

Persimmons
Persimmons, also known as kakis or sharon fruit, are originally from China and Japan. The fruit look like orange tomatoes, but are incredibly sweet when ripe. Persimmons come into season during November, and last for two or three months. Consume your fruit once they soften, and the skin turn translucent. Be careful when eating persimmons and kakis, as they can be bitter unless completely ripe. Eat your persimmons fresh, or use them to make pies and jellies.
Persimmons are rich in the vitamin A precursor betacarotene, as well as magnesium, potassium and fibre. They also contain natural polyphenol antioxidants, which may protect your body from free radicals. In Japan, the persimmon tree is a symbol of winter. Its leaves drop during the fall, leaving the beautiful fruit to ripen on bare branches.