Persimmons are high in vitamin C and A – packing 30 times more vitamin A than an apple and more than any other fruit! They also provide a good dose of iron, and manganese, which is great for the skin. Other than being great little bundles of nutrients, studies have shown that persimmons can kill cancer cells in prostate, colon and breast cancer.
The Latin name for the most commonly eaten persimmon is Diospyros kaki, literally translating to “fruit of the gods”. Persimmons are native to parts of Asia, with China producing a massive 43% of the world’s 4.6 million tonnes every year. Understandably popular in the region, persimmons are most commonly enjoyed as a dried fruit snack - in Korean folklore, dried persimmon is said to scare away tigers!
They certainly are a spectacular autumn fruit, hanging like shiny orange lanterns even after their trees have dropped their leaves.