Persimmons to Beat the Flu (Kaki Fruit)

Persimmon or kaki fruit

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.

A perfectly ripe persimmon or kaki fruit

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!

Persimmons or kaki fruit

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8 Responses to Persimmons to Beat the Flu (Kaki Fruit)

  1. All That I'm Eating

    I didn’t have a very good experience last time I tried persimmon but you’ve inspired me to give them another try!

  2. Alida

    …me too 🙂

  3. Mich - Piece of Cake

    Its very popular here in Asia as well…

  4. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    You got me scared a few days ago when I came to your blog and read: “this blog was removed by the author”. Now I see that you were working on your design. Lovely! And I do love persimmons!

  5. la cucina di Molly

    Che bontà, li adoro, in questo periodo li compro spesso! Grazie per le informazioni sulle proprietà terapeutiche di questo alimento! Ciao

  6. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    I’ve never tried persimmons, hope I’ll be able to find it 🙂

  7. Balvinder

    I love persimmons and we get a lot here.

  8. Choclette

    Now I do wish I’d read this a few weeks ago (although you hadn’t of course written it then). We were given some Italian persimmons from a friend who was over recently. I tried one that was sort of soft, but it still tasted very astringent, so I left them and they all rotted HOW AWFUL IS THAT? Now I know I should have nurtured them and they might just have been delicious.

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