Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meet the Fuyu Persimmon

Now that winter is really here, I have seen a number of returning fruits and veggies at my local farmers markets, one of my favorite being the Fuyu Persimmon! These small little fruits are packed with so many health benefits.
The fuyu persimmon is a deeply orange fruit that is firm, crispy and delicately sweet when not fully ripe and darker, jelly-like and amazingly sweet when fully ripe. Now it is hard to relate to you the “sweet” taste that I am talking about, especially given that most fruits are “sweet.” The sweetness of a Fuyu persimmon is similar to the natural sweetness of honey, this is a great option when you have a craving for something sweet!

Nutritional & Health Information

The fuyu is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin A, manganese and fiber, especially soluble fiber. It contains a fair amount of some of the B-complex vitamins, potassium and calcium. Generally speaking 1 fruit contains a number of benifits from omega 3 fatty acids to vitamin k. I gathered some info from
  • Calories: 118
  • Carbohydrates: 19 – 31g
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: 6.7mg
  • Omega-6 fatty acids: 65.5mg
  • Protein: 0.6 - 1g
  • Fiber: 4 – 6g
  • Vitamin A: 2733 – 3641 IU
  • Vitamin B1: 0.1 – 0.5mg
  • Vitamin B2: 0.03mg
  • Vitamin B3: 0.2 – 0.17mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.2mg
  • Vitamin C: 12.6mg
  • Vitamin E: 1.2mg
  • Vitamin K: 4.4mcg
  • Folic Acid: 12.6 – 13.4mcg
  • Choline: 12.8mg
  • Potassium: 270 mg
  • Calcium 13.4 mg
  • Magnesium: 15.1mg
  • Phosphorus: 28.6mg
  • Iron: 0.3mg
  • Zinc: 0.2mg
  • Copper: 0.2mg
  • Manganese: 0.6mg
  • Selenium: 1mcg


I can't wait to experiment with some new recipes with my Fuyu Persimmons! Once I create something tasty I will be sure to post about it!

Until next time!

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