Written by: Danielle Maina
One of the best parts about fall are all the beautiful fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of their season. We have our usual suspects when it comes to apples and seasonal squashes but I am here to tell you about the persimmons. You are probably wondering, “What the heck is a persimmons?”
Originally from China, persimmons are luscious orange fruits that are versatile and packed with beneficial nutrients. Persimmons contain high amounts of antioxidants and phytonutrients, which are crucial for neutralizing free radicals in the blood that are believed to cause degenerative diseases such as cancer and macular degeneration. Additionally, they are high in fiber which promotes weight loss and improves the digestive system by reducing craving, keep you feeling fuller longer, and by keeping bowel movements regular.
Persimmons are loaded with plenty of vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K, which help everything from retinal protection of the eye to strengthening the immune system. However, the best thing about the persimmon is its’ versatility. Get creative and try throwing cut up persimmons in your oatmeal, yogurt, salads, sandwiches, on a pizza or even throw them in some pancakes or scones!