Sunday, 27 October 2013
Persimmons - a very nutritional fruit
Once fully ripened persimmons are a sweet and delicious fruit which is rich in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that are vital for health but with the added advantage that they are low in calories. One very interesting nutrional fact is that persimmons contain a compound called zea-xanthin which is absorbed by the eyes retina where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light filtering functions and help in preventing age related macular degeneration.
Persimmons can be added to salads, pureed and used in cookies or added to smoothies. There are however an abundance of recipe ideas available and we will further investigate when our crop is larger.
Persimmons are any easy tree to grow and care for as they tolerate a variety of soils and conditions but
To preserve persimmons you can make jam, freeze the pulp or slice and dry them.