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Persimmons are the orange fall super fruit both sweet and crunchy that is packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants that may be better for your heart than an apple.
Good for Your Eyes, Heart and Stomach, and Delicious
You might pass these orange babies by in the fruit aisle, but that would be making a grave mistake, if you like fruit.
They are a wonderful fall fruit that is great for snacking fresh or tossed in salads or paired with cheese. You can also buy them dried year round.
Persimmons, which come in two basic forms, hard and crunchy and soft, are high in dietary fiber and phenolic compounds which help keep the heart healthy. They also have dietary carotenoids, which like the stuff in carrots, are good for your eyes and has about twice as much fiber as an apple, including the peel.
Persimmons also have good amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C and manganese and other minerals.
But They're Just Plain Delicious
But I like them because persimmons are so yummy. I prefer the crisp ones, which look like mini pumpkins. They have the unusual ability to be both crunchy and sweet. I personally peel the skin, but some don't.
The soft variety is longer and more heart shaped than the rounder fatter crunchy kind. The soft variety also needs to ripen a lot and be very soft before you generally can eat it.
Crunchy varieties, also called "Non-astringent" include: Fuyu (Fuyugaki), Gosho/Giant Fuyu/O'Gosho, Imoto, Izu, Jiro, Maekawajiro, Okugosho, Suruga.
Soft variety also called "astringent" as in "it's not ripe when you pick it" include: Hachiya, Eureka, Saijo, Tamopan, Tanenashi, Triumph.