Persimmons are the edible fruit of a number of species of trees. Botanically, the fruit belongs to the family of Ebenaceae. Persimmon is a multi-trunked or single-stemmed deciduous tree, which grows up to 25 ft. in height, originated from China which later spread in Japan and has now spread worldwide. They grow best in areas that have moderate winters and relatively mild summers. Persimmons can be eaten raw, but they are easy to cook with and make delicious jellies, smoothies, salads and desserts. They are naturally sweet and can provide the sugar in some recipes. They are a very good source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
There are many digestive health benefits of eating persimmons. They have a fibrous texture and provide a good amount of fiber for the diet. Those who suffer from diabetes are prone to hunger cravings, and that too quite often. Being rich in fibers, this fruit can be relished by diabetics to curb the hunger levels. The fruit is also known to regulate the level of sugar in blood. Persimmons are known for their stomach-soothing properties, so eating the fruit may help you feel less bloated or constipated.
Persimmons have laxative and diuretic properties and are particularly recommended for people suffering from liver problems. It is also an energy-dense fruit. That’s why it is recommended for children, people playing sports and people who are physically or mentally tired. It helps reduce high blood pressure and prevent many heart conditions associated with hypertension.
It is used as a traditional Chinese remedy for hiccups. Take 9 grams of calyx of the persimmon fruit and 3 grams of fresh ginger. Add water and steam for a few minutes and eat. There are two different varieties: hachiya, which are orange-red, shaped like acorns, and soft and jelly-like when fully ripe; and fuyu, which are yellow-orange, shaped like tomatoes, firmer when ripe, and can be sliced like apples. Persimmons are good to have as a part of the daily diet as it will improve your health when consumed on a regular basis.