Fuyu Persimmons are sweet and non astringent like their cousins that are found naturally growing in the states. But Fuyu Persimmons grow all over the world now, including Japan, Brazil, Korea, China, and even in California.
Fuyu Persimmons are full of great soluble fiber which is important for cardiovascular health. They also contain lots of antioxidants, A, B, C, E, K Vitamins, calcium, potassium, choline, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, manganeses, and selenium.
Fuyu Persimmons contain lots of Omega 3 and 6 Oils too which help prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes. And one Fuyu Persimmons contains just a little over 110 calories, great for helping you lose weight and they contain no cholesterol or fat.
Studies have shown that the amount of fiber, soluble fiber, and antioxidants in Fuyu Persimmons is much higher than in other fruits like apples and oranges.
Fuyu Persimmons contain lots of cancer preventing compounds like shibuol and betulinic acid and also gallocatechin and catechin which are powerful antioxidants that help to prevent disease.
And studies done on mice and rats show that persimmons can prevent memory loss.
Fuyu Persimmons also helps to slow the aging process with lots of great tannins that prevent cellular damage, plus the tannins in Fuyu Persimmons are antibacterial in action. Fuyu Persimmons boost the immune system, help lower your blood pressure, and also help reduce cholesterol. Fuyu Persimmons contain lycopene which is great for preventing prostate disease, and also lutein, and zeaxanthin which are important for eye health and preventing macular degeneration. And Fuyu Persimmons help to prevent liver disease and also increase the ability for your blood to clot and thus heal faster.
In QiGong Medicine in China, Fuyu Persimmons are thought to be full of great “Chi” vital energy that keeps the meridians of the body flowing and activated. Fuyu Persimmons are interesting that if you eat them raw they are great for treating constipation, and if you cook them they are wonderful for treating diarrhea… they have the best of both worlds.
Persimmon leaves made into a tea are great for lowering blood pressure because they contain nitric oxide which is a powerful vasodilator. And persimmon leaves also contain lots of great nutrients, just about as much as the fruit it self, and are full of Vitamin C… in fact they contain up to 20 times the amount of Vitamin C found in green tea. And the tea is great for combining with aloe vera and applying to the skin for bruises and for preventing age related skin problems. And in Japan Persimmon Leaf tea is thought to prevent skin cancer, flues, and colds. Plus Persimmon Leaf Tea is known to lower cholesterol and help prevent cardiovascular disease… and Persimmon Leaf Tea works amazingly well for allergies too!
Fuyu Persimmons can be eaten fresh like apples, they taste great, and they can also be made into cakes, cookies, puddings, sauces, mousse, chutney, put in salads, and just about any way you might use apples. They make great smoothies, and adding cinnamon and allspice when cooking makes them taste wonderful! In Japan dried persimmons are very popular as gifts for the New Year.
Paul Haider – Master Herbalist