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Persimmons – Types & Nutrition

Persimmons are a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be found in many supermarkets year-round. They are a great option for adding some sweetness to your diet while still getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs. But what should you know before buying persimmons? Let’s take a look at the facts and figures behind this popular fruit.


There are two main types of persimmon, Japanese and American. Japanese persimmon (or kaki) is the most commonly found type in grocery stores. It has a sweet, mild flavor and tends to be more astringent than its American cousin. The American variety is sweeter and less astringent, but can also be harder to find in stores.

Nutritional Benefits

Persimmons are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. They also contain beta-carotene which helps protect against eye diseases like macular degeneration. In addition as well to packed with essential vitamins and minerals, persimmons shown to have anti-inflammatory properties which may help reduce inflammation in the body.

How To Store & Prepare Persimmons

When purchasing persimmons at the store, look for ones that are firm but not hard; they should give slightly when pressed with your fingers. Once you get them home, store them at room temperature until ripe; then refrigerate them until ready to eat or use in recipes. Before eating raw or using in cooking or baking recipes, remove any stems as well as any soft spots or discoloration on the skin. You can also peel off the skin if desired before eating or cooking with them – it is edible but can be bitter for some palates.


Persimmons are a great addition to any diet! Not only do they taste great but they provide numerous health benefits too! Whether you buy Japanese or American persimmon varieties. Make sure you check for ripeness before storing or using in recipes and always discard any soft spots or discoloration on the skin before consuming raw or cooking with them!

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