8 Persimmon Recipes That Help You Embrace Fall

8 Persimmon Recipes That Help You Embrace Fall

Persimmons are the national fruit of Japan and are typically available between September and December. They are great sources of phosphorus, potassium, and vitamin C, which everyone could use more of during the fall and winter months. In this article, we’ll detail a few health benefits of persimmons and how to incorporate them into different recipes. 

There are two types of persimmon: Asian and American. Native Americans have harvested the American persimmon for centuries, eating them dried or baked into bread. American persimmons grow wild and are not cultivated like Japanese persimmons are. There are two types of Japanese persimmon: Hachiya and Fuyu. The former is acorn-shaped and astringent because of the high tannin content, while the latter is more tomato-shaped and non-astringent, so they can eat when underripe or ripe. 

Health Benefits

The persimmon exhibits an impressive nutritional profile, with high concentrations of beta-cryptoxanthin (an antioxidant compound) and potassium. Persimmons are also great sources of vitamin A, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, and more. Because of their vitamin A and antioxidant content, persimmons may benefit eye health by supporting functions that enable normal vision. Vitamin A also helps people see better in the dark and contributes to better immune function

The antioxidant content activity is extremely high in astringent persimmon varieties. That makes them a great addition to anyone’s diet, especially since antioxidants help fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Although the body produces its own antioxidants, obtaining more via dietary sources can help counteract the negative effects of free radicals. Additionally, researchers found that persimmons exhibited anti-inflammatory properties in various animal studies. Their antioxidant properties were able to reduce inflammation and tissue damage, but more human research is necessary. 

Nutritional Information

The nutritional information for a raw Japanese persimmon per 100 grams (g) is as follows:

  • Calories: 70
  • Protein: 0.58 g
  • Fat: 0.19 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.59 g
  • Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Vitamin C: 7.5 milligrams (mg) 
  • Vitamin A: 81 micrograms (mcg) of retinol activity equivalents (RAE)
  • Phosphorus: 17 mg
  • Calcium: 8 mg
  • Beta-carotene: 253 mcg
  • Iron: 150 mcg
  • Beta-cryptoxanthin: 1447 mcg

As a quick note, the nutritional value for an American persimmon is very similar to that of the Japanese persimmon. There may be some variations, but they are more or less the same. Below, you’ll find eight different persimmon recipes, all of which are raw vegan, just in case you happen to be cleansing.

Persimmon Pomegranate Salsa

How do you make the most of persimmon season? You get creative, like incorporating them into this refreshing fall-inspired salsa!

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Spiced Persimmon Smoothie

The perfect fall smoothie has arrived! Embrace seasonal persimmons and spice them up with bananas, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

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Dehydrated Persimmons

Enjoy an incredibly healthy snack with one of our favorite fall fruits: the mighty persimmon. They exhibit such a unique and delicious flavor!

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Raw Vegan Persimmon Sorbet

Persimmon sorbet is easy to make and naturally sweet with a velvety texture. Not only does it look and taste good, but it’s also good for you.

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Cranberry Persimmon Pomegranate Smoothie

Embrace some of fall’s most nutritionally diverse ingredients when you enjoy this refreshing cranberry persimmon pomegranate smoothie.

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Perfect Persimmon Pudding

This raw vegan persimmon pudding is the perfect cinnamon-infused dessert or healthy snack to enjoy during the fall season.

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Persimmon Pomegranate Mixed Green Salad

Let some of our favorite fall flavors entice your taste buds. You’ll fall in love with this seasonal persimmon pomegranate salad

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Orange Carrot Persimmon Smoothie

Embrace some of the best fall flavors by sipping on this persimmon smoothie. It’s full of immune-boosting vitamins and minerals.

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