What do you think about persimmons? Lots of people seem to find this fruit not very interesting and sometimes inedible.
Kaki fruit, knows also as persimmons or sharon fruit are in season now in Italy. This sweet, addictive and nutritious fruit has many properties.
The UK imports them and when they reach the country they are completely raw and as hard as rock.
The reason is that they ripen very quickly and they don’t travel very well; this means that, like for the majority of imported fruit, they have to be picked raw.
When you buy them keep them in a warm place and wait until they get of a deep orange colour and they are very soft.
When they are ready you will need to remove the skin and with a teaspoon scoop out the flesh.
Raw persimmons feel very astringent in your mouth (due to the tannins), they are unpleasant and bad for you too! You wouldn’t eat a raw banana, would you? As the fruit ripens, the tannin disappears.
I grew up eating them and they can be very addictive, very sweet and to me they are just like eating jam! I always end up eating too many. They contain plenty of nutrients, in fact after eating them you won’t feel hungry for a while.
Because of the vitamins they contain they are renown to work against influenza and viral flu and to help building an immunity against contagious forces.
In persimmons there is plenty of vitamin C, many valuable B-complex vitamins, minerals like copper, potassium, manganese and copper and their tannins help calming intestinal movements and they can make and very good anti-wrinkling facial mask.
It is definitely worth trying them!