Persimmon delight

persimmonSo I had my first Persimmon today, kindly given to me by my Airbnb host in Seville.

Grown in the Ribera del Xúquer Valley (Xúquer river valley) near Valencia in Spain, they have a sweet, flavour similar to peach or mango and are only available for a short period of time; from mid-October until January.

It is known as the Rojo Brillante (Bright Red) in this area, although the real colour is actually bright orange and can sometimes be speckled with natural sugar freckles. These appear as the fruit ripens and indicate extra sweetness, just like a banana’s brown flecks.

So, for me it was actually a bit sweet (due also to the high fructose level, so have in moderation); but I really enjoyed it and always love trying new and local things! 🙂

And, for its nutritional benefits alone, it is definitely worth trying!

It contains 55% of your daily Vitamin A intake, 21% of Vitamin C as well as B vitamins.  It also has good amounts of manganese, a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), ensuring healthy mucous membranes and skin.

Persimmons are also a great source of fibre, ensuring regular elimination as well as the minerals copper and phosphorus.

Finally, as would be assumed with its lovely bright orange colour, it is high in phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, giving extra antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties and improving eye health.

So, why not give it a try!

 

References:

  • Mercola.com
  • Spanishpersimon.co.uk
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