The many benefits of persimon persimmon

khaki open

We find several types of persimmon today, however, today the one that concerns us is the khaki Persimon. It is the name by which persimmon is known, which has hard and red pulp, these fruits grow and are denomination of origin in the Ribera del Xúquer.

The persimmon or kaki is a species of the fruit tree that has as its scientific name Shots khaki. It has been cultivated since the XNUMXth century in China and Japan, however, it is in the middle of the XNUMXth century that this Rojo Brillante variety arises spontaneously in the region of Valencia in the Ribera del Xúquer.  

mature persimmon

To differentiate the different types of persimmon we only have to observe the pulp, if the pulp is soft and more viscous it is the khaki Classic, a fruit that is usually eaten with a teaspoon, while the hard variety is persimmon Persimon, which can be cut and peeled like an apple and has the same flavor as the Classic.

They are actually the same fruit, their only difference is the point of ripeness. The classic is harvested mature, while el Persimmonón is collected semi mature. The latter goes through a process to avoid astringency since this fruit before reaching its point of maturity is very astringent and therefore would not be suitable for consumption.

Persimmon Persimon appears in autumn, a delicious fruit that provides great health benefits. It has an orange color, its flavor is very pleasant and it is the size of a tomato. It is recommended for people who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Persimón persimmon properties

persimmon tree

It is a food rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. According to the recommended food pyramid, it is essential consume 3 pieces of fruit a day and at least 5 vegetables or greens daily. Persimmon is a fruit and its consumption is highly recommended, although as in all cases, we should not abuse any food, no matter how beneficial and healthy it is for us.

Persimmon differs from other fruits because it is perfect for treating some health problems, thanks to its content of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

  • Constipation and diarrhea: it is suitable both to treat occasional constipation and to stop diarrhea, this is due to pectin, mucilage and tannins. Ripe persimmon is recommended to treat constipation, and hard persimmon to treat diarrhea thanks to its astringent state.
  • Hypertension: it is rich in potassium and contains low levels of sodium for this reason, it is highly recommended for those who do not have to consume large amounts of salt.
  • High cholesterol: Fruits in general help maintain good cholesterol levels, and persimmons in particular also fight to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

Persimmon it is rich in vitamin A, C and B1 and B2. Those who do not tolerate citrus fruits or peppers well can add more persimmons to their diet to keep these vitamins in good quantities.

Does persimmon persimmon make you fat?

Persimmon is characterized by being antioxidant, it prevents us from suffering from diseases such as cancer, in addition, it will take care of the premature aging of cells and skin problems.

Many people think that fruits have their own sugar, fructose can make us fat and the same can happen with persimmon. However, the persimmon is too sweet and rich not to get fat.

However, it is a healthy food, it takes care of our diet and it only has 70 calories per 100 grams of fruit.

Compared to other fruits we will say that it does not make us fatWhat's more, it helps us lose weight because thanks to its sweetness, texture and flavor makes us avoid snacking between meals and consuming unhealthy products.

Persimmon persimmon cultivation   persimmon with snowfall

The persimmon tree develops slowly when young, it can reach a height of up to 10 or 12 meters. Its flowers appear later than other fruit trees which makes it more resistant to frost. We must emphasize that the fruit is not really a fruit, although we consider it as such, it is collected in October, for that reason we say that it is an autumn fruit.

In mid-spring, if the weather is good, the first persimmon flowers begin to appear.

The wood of the trunk is brittle, an aspect that can become problematic because this tree can produce an excess of fruit and if the branches are weak they can break due to the weight. If the branches break, you can expose yourself to fungi and insects. Tree planting is not demanding at all and adapts to the Mediterranean climate. Therefore, if you are thinking of planting a tree that gives you fruit, you can opt for persimmon, it will not disappoint you.

Persimmon persimmon calories

planted persimmons

Persimmons are very nutritious, provide carbohydrates in the form of glucose and fructose, it is low in fat and protein.

Contains vitamins A, C and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and magnesium. It is a good option to consume in the middle of the morning to kill the bug.

It also contains carotene and cryptoxanthin that becomes vitamin A and C in the small intestine. The soluble fiber you have that are mucilage and pectin, favor intestinal transit.

Fight degenerative diseases Thanks to its high antioxidant content, it is recommended in cases of diarrhea, colitis. It favors good vision and the growth and development of our bones.

Nutritional values ​​per 100 grams:

Calories: 65,6 kcal

Carbohydrates: 16 g

Dietary fiber: 1,6 g

Potassium: 190 mg

Magnesium: 9,5 mh

Pro-Vitamin A: 158,3 µg

Vitamin C: 16 mg

Folic acid: 7 µg

How to ripen persimmon

persimmon flower

Persimón persimmon is just a persimmon that has been harvested before its time, before it is ripe. This makes its pulp tough and peelable and cut as if it were a tomato or an apple. Before ripening the persimmon, it must be taken into account that it is very astringent and is not suitable for consumption, therefore, it must go through a process to make it suitable.

Although we may think that it is complicated, it is quite simple. Traditionally it was achieved wrapping the fruits in paper and leaving them in the sun to achieve a higher concentration of ethylene, the substance that prevents astringency.

Commercially its perfect point is achieved in Chambers with temperatures of 20º with a controlled atmosphere It contains a concentration of 5.000 ppm of ethanol, and a humidity of 90%.

If we want to mature it at home, the ideal is to leave it in boxes with other fruits that release ethyneHim, as are apples, pears or bananas.

How do you eat persimmon

how to eat a persimmon

The Persimon is a tasty fruit, very sweetIt is boneless and has a very smooth texture. It can be used in slices to salads or desserts. We can treat it like an apple.

It is usually consumed as fresh fruit. Depending on the variety we will find the Classic, which offers us a sweeter and softer pulp that we can consume with a spoon. While the Persimón version is peeled and eaten like any other fruit.

Another way to consume it is dried, it can be part of cakes, cakes or puddings. Can be done jam or persimmon bread.


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  1.   pillar said

    The only thing is that I don't know if it is necessary to eat it with skin or without skin, the kakis. Thank you very much, in case someone answers me.

  2.   Javier Varela said

    With skin

  3.   jesus ayala peña said

    it is eaten with everything and skin, as if it were an apple ...

  4.   Pilar Martin-loeches said

    It is delicious with skin and peeled, thinly sliced ​​and a little syrup is great

  5.   Maria orellana said

    I did not know this fruit but I love it and with all the properties that it has more, I have always peeled it but I am going to try it with skin

  6.   Luisa said

    When is the time to plant persimmons in a pot?