Native to Japan, China, Korea, Burma, and Napal, Persimmons are a tree fruit ripening in the fall with a honey-like flavor
If this is your first time exploring the world of persimmons, you're in for a treat! Something to know before you try is that persimmons are grouped as either astringent or non-astringent. This reflects both the texture of the fruit and the timeline for when you can take a bite!
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Here at the farm we grow 3 varieties of Persimmon
Fuyu Persimmons are non-astringent, meaning it can be eaten off of the tree. Similar in size to a tomato, Fuyu's color can range from yellow to orange, to red, getting softer and sweeter as they ripen. You can eat them while they are firm or allow them to become soft. When soft they are perfect for baking or making a delicious persimmon jam.
Also known as Deabong which means
'large mountain' in Chinese characters, as seen with a dome like shape coming to a point like an acorn. Hachiya are the astringent variety, meaning they require adequate time to ripen before eating. They are picked while still firm, then given 3 to 6 days their flesh softens into a jelly-like pulp. At that time they can be peeled and eaten, scooped out with a spoon.
The name 'Saijo' translates to "the very best one." Considered one of the sweetest of the persimmons, and the smallest, the Saijo persimmon variety is a truly delightful small treat. The saijo is also astringent so when given time to soften up similarly to the Hachiya, it will become soft and jelly like to the touch, thats when it’s ready to be eaten.
Persimmons are rich in vitamins A and C, minerals, and antioxidants, which provide important health benefits. For example, vitamin C helps support the immune system and protect against heart disease, and one serving contains more than half the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which is important for vision. In addition, persimmon peel is rich in lutein, which is known to help protect against eye disease. On top of all of that - our persimmons are not grown with any harmful chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides!
Persimmons can help keep your arteries clear and reduce the risk of heart disease. Atherosclerosis refers to the hardening and narrowing of arteries, and one study found persimmons rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. One component of persimmons, it's tannin-rich fiber, has proven particularly effective in treating high cholesterol.
Persimmons can help you keep your eyes healthy. One serving contains more than half the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which is important to vision. In addition, persimmon peel is rich in lutein, which is known to help protect against eye disease.
Prevention and Reduced Risk of Complications
The peel of a persimmon contains flavenoids that have proven to have antidiabetic and antioxidant properties. They protect against the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), harmful compounds that form when protein or fat combines with sugar in the blood. AGEs have been linked to both the onset of diabetes and to long-term health complications resulting from the disease.
Information gathered from> WebMD, 10.16.2022, https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-persimmon