[CnD] difference between persimmons
sugarsyl71 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jan 26 12:59:46 EST 2017
If you've noticed orange/Reddish fruits that resemble tomatoes in your
grocery store or farmer's market during the fall and early winter months,
you've stumbled across persimmons.
They are in season from November to around February.
Native to Asia, persimmons are categorized as berries, and typically come in
two types: Hachiya and Fuyu.
Hachiya persimmons are heart or acorn-shaped, and can be quite astringent.
These are the persimmons that should not be eaten until they're ripe, or
even overripe, as their unripened taste can be extremely bitter and
Putting a Hachiya persimmon in a paper bag, or next to pears or bananas
(which give off ethylene gas), will help it ripen quicker. When it's soft,
or even feels a bit too soft, that's when you know it's time to eat! One
perfect way to tell if a Hachiya persimmon is ripe is to pull lightly on its
green top. If it the top pulls off easily, it's ready to go.
A very pop8ular way to do this is to manipulate the the fruit and place it
in your freezer so that it thinks it's going through it's first frost.
(Sugar says,I do this and it works great!)
One reason to watch the ripening of your Hachiya persimmons is because once
they're finally ready, their delicate sweetness goes particularly great with
salads and in smoothies.
The same color as Hachiya persimmons, Fuyu persimmons are usually squat and
round, and look the most like orange-Reddish tomatoes.
This type of persimmon is much less astringent, which means it can be eaten
even if it's not fully ripe. An unripened Fuyu is usually easy to cut, and
is just as sweet as a ripe Hachiya.
Persimmon Health Benefits
Persimmons are a great source of both vitamins A and C, two vitamins that
are vital for healthy skin and a healthy immune system. They're
exceptionally low in fat, but are high in fiber, making them the perfect
sweetener for a green smoothie.
The orange color of persimmons is a dead giveaway that they're high in beta
carotene. Another antioxidant persimmons have in spades? Lycopene, which has
been studied as possibly helping to fight against certain types of cancers
(cervical and breast cancer).
Fresh persimmons are also high in manganese, potassium and copper.
the difference between hachiya and fuyu persimmons by greenblender
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