Persimmons are a soft, sweet, and delicious fruit that are native to China but are grown in many regions around the U.S. They are usually found in your grocer’s “exotic produce” section (unless you’re lucky enough to have a friend with a persimmon tree), and can be oval or round, resembling a tomato, but orange in color. Best of all, they are loaded with nutrients. There’s a reason why they are sometimes called “The Divine Fruit!”
Here are 6 great reasons to give them a try:
- Persimmons are an excellent source of provitamin A beta-Carotene, which studies have shown can reduce the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. Vitamin A is also important for healthy vision and keeps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs working properly.
- Persimmons are a good source of antioxidants such as Vitamin C, which is important for a healthy immune system, reduce inflammation, and to protect the body’s connective tissues, including bones, blood vessels, and skin. These fruits also contain the antioxidant compounds lycopene and lutein, which arm against free radicals that accelerate aging and various diseases.
- Persimmons contain healthy amounts of minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper and calcium.
- Tired of bananas? Next time you want a healthy dose of potassium, reach for a persimmon fruit. The average persimmon provides about 78 mg of potassium, an important electrolyte that helps maintain the body’s fluid balance and electrical activity of the heart and muscles.
- One persimmon fruit has only 32 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 0 mg. of sodium.
- Persimmon pulp is high in fiber. One fruit has 6 grams of dietary fiber, which is 25% of the daily requirement for adults. Studies show a diet high in fiber can not only aid digestive health, but it helps you maintain a healthy weight which lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Fiber also helps keep you fuller longer, so a persimmon is a perfect snack!
Persimmons are also known for their ties to folklore about winter weather — the seeds are said to forecast the severity of the winter ahead. See what The Persimmon Lady’s seeds predicted this year.