I may be a fool or ignorant if I say I that Googled “how to eat Persimon.’ Yes, but I just did.
So what? But that’s how I wanted to make sure I won’t trash the part that should be eaten and eat what should be trashed. Since New Year’s Day, every time I see the Persimon fruit in our table, I’d always say, “how to eat Persimon,” and my kids would comment.. “Just bite it” sounding like, “hey mom, are you serious?” “Ma, please..” I know they are just making a funny comment but yeah seriously, I really don’t know.
In most fruits like apple, pears, chico and more, I always eat the skin because this part contains fiber, except of course the common sense of eating pineapple and coconuts.
Anyways, here are some informative facts about Persimon.
The persimmon originally came from Japan and China but it is now grown in Italy and other Mediterranean countries, the Middle East and the USA.
Persimmons are the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. In color the ripe fruit of the cultivated strains range from light yellow-orange to dark red-orange depending on the species and variety. The ripe fruit has a high glucose content. The protein content is low, but it has a balanced protein profile. Persimmon fruits have been put to various medicinal and chemical uses.
Fact Sources: Wikipedia, WikiHow
I usually buy fruits that are only common to us like mango, water melon and orange. When I buy a certain fruit like kiwi, passion fruit and dragon fruit, that means I only crave to buy a piece or two and not because it is included in our diet. Dragon and kiwi are kind of expensive and thought that I could get all the vitamins from other fruits that give the same nutrients.
When I watched a documentary show that features dragon fruit, I listed down dragon fruit in my supermarket list. I thought about the many benefits we would get from this fruit. It has little black edible seeds inside like kiwi fruit, sweet and crunchy. It is low in calories and rich in nutrients like Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fiber and antioxidants.
While touring around Baguio, we stopped by at vendors selling fruits and vegetables. It was my first time to see Passion Fruit and this fruit is really strange to me. My friend Joy, knowing the benefits of this fruit, bought a kilo and had me tasted it. It is juicy with numerous black seeds inside, hollow yet crunchy. I could say it is exotic, sweet yet sour in taste.
Passiflora edulis (Passion Fruit) is a vine species of passion flower that is native to Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina. Its common names include passion fruit (UK and US), passionfruit (Australia and New Zealand), and purple granadilla (South Africa). In the Philippines passion fruit is commonly sold in public markets and in public schools. Some vendors sell the fruit with a straw to enable sucking out of the seeds and juices inside. It is not very popular because of its sour flavour, and the fruit is very seasonal. Source: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
There are a lot more benefits of passion fruit. All parts are used including the leaves, flowers, peels, stems and passion fruits. The passion fruit contains phytochemicals. The juice especially the leaves contain the alkaloids that lower blood pressure, as sedative and as antispasmodic. The leaves are used for medicinal purposes while the flowers has sedative effects that can induce sleep.