They may not look like much, but persimmon fruit pack a serious punch. Here’s why you should be tucking in this autumn.
Up until around three weeks ago, I had no idea what a persimmon fruit even was. I would probably have assumed you were spelling persuasion wrong. My first taste of this exotic fruit was in Lebanon – I thought the hotel had left tomatoes in my room because of their red tinge and round shape. When I dared a bite (I’m not a tomato fan) I was hooked.
Not only are persimmons gloriously juicy, they seriously satisfy a sweet tooth. But there’s a host of other benefits too – there’s a reason these little beauties have a name that translates to ‘Food of the Gods’ in Latin.
1 Rich in vitamins
Persimmon are a powerhouse of nutrition, offering 55% of your daily Vitamin A intake in one persimmon. They’re also rich in Vitamin C, which is great for immunity. What’s more, they contain excellent amounts of manganese, a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase. Put simply, it helps aid healthy mucous membranes and skin, and can help protect against lung and mouth cancers.
2 Serious source of fibre
These little fruits are fabulous for digestion. Persimmons are an excellent source of fibre, which helps keep the body regulated. They also have further minerals to help stabilise the metabolism too. Sign me up!
3 Great weight loss aid
Good news for dieters – because they’re so filling, they’re often hailed as excellent weight loss aid. They’re low in calories and fats, but fill you up in no time. Dig in at dessert for an equally delicious burst of sweetness.
4 Help control blood pressure
These miracle fruit are also great for the blood. They’re bursting with potassium, which can help lower blood pressure, thereby increasing blood flow through your body.
Hungry for more? Persimmons are in season right now, so get eating!
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