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Learn to Love Persimmons, High in Vitamins A and C

Learn to Love: Persimmons

Now that berry season is long gone, I'm expanding my breakfast fruit horizons. Celebrate the cold weather with pomegranate seeds in your oatmeal, or slice pears or persimmons and serve them with nut butter on toast or whole-grain waffles.

You probably know how to pick and slice a pear, but persimmons have a steeper learning curve. They're worth learning to love, so


Persimmons come in two varieties: hachiya, which are orange-red and shaped like acorns, and fuyu, which sort of look like yellow-orange tomatoes. The hachiyas are bitter and astringent when they're not ripe, but when ripened, they have a soft, jelly-like texture. Fuyu persimmons are a bit firmer like a pear when ripe and can be sliced up like apples.


This fruit is an excellent source of antioxidants and chock-full of vitamins. One persimmon packs 55 percent of your daily allowance of Vitamin A and 21 percent of your recommended Vitamin C, plus six grams of fiber. In addition to having persimmon for breakfast or a snack, you can slice them up and serve them in a pretty Fall salad.

Have you tried persimmons? Tell me how you like to eat them in the comments.

Tamma1387 Tamma1387 7 years
Ew. I just had one for the first time and was not a fan. The flavor, the texture, not for me.
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 7 years
I love persimmons! I've grown up with these. My mom always liked it when they were firmer - nice, sweet and crunchy texture like an apple. We always peel the skin off. I don't eat them when they're too soft.
prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
yummmm i love em !
zeze zeze 7 years
I love these, ripe and firm. I'm weird I like that taste they give when they're not ripe. And I love, love fall because of pomegranates...I basically eat one a day.
JuicyDumplings JuicyDumplings 7 years
I seriously, seriously, seriously LOVE persimmons! Especially when they're super soft. I peel and eat in a bowl. Seriously. I love persimmons so much, my grandma overseas is already picking some so they'll be super ripe by the time I get there to gobble them all up.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've never actually tried one, but now I want to! I'll have to keep my eyes open for them near me.
flavacrisp flavacrisp 7 years
You know I just tried one for the first time and did not like the texture. Judging by the picture and by some of the comments, maybe it just was not ripe enough... will have to try another.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I already love persimmons. It's one of my favorite fruits, too.
fauxcat fauxcat 7 years
I've had a few of these guys (the Fuyus) in my fruit basket on the counter for a couple of weeks. They're still pretty firm. I bought them on an adventurous impulse, but have been sliiiightly frightened of trying them. This afternoon, it's on.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
The only time I ate persimmons have been in cakes :) i guess i should give the actual fruit a try since they're all over the farmers market these days.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Omigosh, YARM! I always raid my grandma's tree for these. I love both the firm ones and the softer ones (I believe these are the Fuyus). Drooling now...
1apple 1apple 7 years
Thanks for that info! I often peer at these speculatively in the grocery store. I'll have to get one next time.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE persimmons - possibly my favorite fruit. However, they're tricky because you're in trouble if you eat an unripe one!!! You can't get rid of the horrible furry taste in your mouth the tannins give you! Yuck!
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