I always like to encourage people to eat what’s in season. Persimmon is one of those foods that people hear about but they have never tried and they have no idea what it is. At least I know that’s how I felt the first time I read it on the list of seasonal winter fruits. Persimmons are not only in season right now, but they also have great health benefits that you can take advantage of during the winter season to give yourself an extra boost.
Persimmons are known for their very high vitamin and mineral content, as well as some unique organic compounds. These include vitamins A, C, E and B6, as well as dietary fiber, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous. Its organic compounds include catechins, gallocatechins, betulinic acid, and various carotenoid compounds that fall within the B complex of vitamins.
They are known for boosting the immune system considerably. Persimmons have one of the highest ascorbic acid (vitamin C) contents of any fruit, and just one has approximately 80% of the daily requirement. Vitamin C stimulates the immune system and increases the production of white blood cells, thus boosting your immunity.
Persimmons are rich in many vitamins, including vitamin A, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and cryptoxanthins. These all function as antioxidants by reducing oxidative stress and preventing signs of premature aging, like wrinkles, age spots, Alzheimer’s disease, fatigue, loss of vision and muscles weakness.
Persimmons are one of a few foods associated with killing breast cancer cells without harming normal breast cells, according to one new study. Scientists attributed this to the flavonoid fisetin, present in several fruits and vegetables, but in persimmons specifically. Fisetin also has been named as a significant contributor in the programmed eradication of colon and prostate cancer cells1.
So I encourage you to step out of your fruit rut and try a persimmon this winter! You will be giving your body a powerful boost and expanding your palate.
- 1 http://foodforbreastcancer.com/news/flavonol-in-strawberries-and-onions-induces-breast-cancer-cell-death-without-harming-normal-cells, Flavonol in strawberries and onions induces breast cancer cell death without harming normal cells, Aug. 2012