Are persimmons healthy? Inspiro dietitian Tracey talks about one of the lesser known fruits

Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Are persimmons healthy? Inspiro dietitian Tracey talks about one of the lesser known fruits
Inspiro Dietitian Tracey Higgins talks about one of her favourite fruits, the persimmon.

All fruits have naturally occurring sugars, but they are packed with fibre and vitamin C, folate, beta-carotene and potassium. While those things are very good for you, sugar in fruit can still contribute to weight gain and so should be eaten in moderation.

Aim for 2 serves of fruit per day

You should aim for 2 serves of fruit each day, and the more variety the better 

How much is a serve of fruit?

A serve is about 150g or 1 medium apple, orange or pear, 2 small apricots, kiwi fruits, plums or figs.

The persimmon is delicious!

The persimmon is one of my favourite fruits, it is also healthy. Here is some information this delicous but lesser known fruit.

Two types of persimmon

There are two types of persimmons typically found in stores, the original persimmon (Astringent), and the sweet persimmon (Non – Astringent);
  1. The heart shaped original persimmon (Astringent); called the Hachiya 
  2. The ‘Round, flat shaped’ sweet persimmon (Non – Astringent); called the Fuya 

How can I tell when a persimmon is ripe?

The Hachiya is ripe when it turns a deep burnt orange colour and is soft enough to leave an indent when touched.

The Fuya is ripe when its shiny orange and firm. We wait for them to go soft and scoop the jelly like flesh.

persimmons have vitaminc

Are persimmons healthy?

Persimmons are high in Vitamins A, C, B6, Iron, potassium and other minerals. Persimmons are also packed with fiber which aids in digestion and helps lower cholesterol. 

What's the best way to eat a persimmon?

Both varieties can be eaten raw but the Hachiya pulp is used primarily used for baking, its pulp is used in puddings, cookies, bread, flan and smoothies. The Fuya is great in salads, it can be sliced and tossed with greens, walnuts and vinegar dressing, and it can also be grilled.     

The entire fruit is edible except for the seed and calyx. It can also be eaten fresh or dried. 

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When do persimmons grow?

Persimmons are available from late February to mid-June (Autumn – Winter).   

How to store persimmons

Persimmons are best stored at room temperature for up to 5 days and eaten fresh and are not recommended to go in the fridge.

Where persimmons are grown

Queensland is the major production state for persimmon but production also occurs in costal NSW, Goulburn and Murray valleys in Vic and SA and south east WA. 

But where can I buy a persimmon? 

Persimmons can usually be found at green grocers and sometimes at Woolworths and Coles. 

Tracey works at Inspiro helping local residents to achieve there health goals, eat more healthily, feel better, overcome emotional eating and a range of other services. If you have any questions on what Tracey can do for you just call us on 97388801 or Click here and we will be in touch soon

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