Persimmons are one of my favorite fruits of the moment. If you haven’t tried them yet, run, don’t walk to the market and get some for yourself! They are delicious. And then you can try this new yummy recipe which is perfect for fall, my new Spiced Persimmon Smoothie Bowl Recipe! 🙂
Beauty Fruit: Persimmons
What the heck are persimmons? You might be new to persimmons, as they are out of the normal mix of apples, oranges, bananas and grapes. But you might just get hooked once you try them out.
Though native to China, this botanical, golden yellow, round (or oval), fruit is a delicacy that spread to the Korean peninsula and Japan, and eventually was introduced to California during the middle of the 19th century.
Its sweet, delicious flesh is packed with tons of nutrients, including:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
- Dietary fiber
- Manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous
- Organic compounds: catechins, gallocatechins, betulinic acid, and various carotenoid compounds that fall within the B complex of vitamins.
They are hearty little fruits that are great for digestion, as they contain almost 20% of the daily requirement of fiber in a single serving!
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Another area of health that is critical to living at your optimal best, is a strong immune system, and persimmons are just the beauty fruit to help boost immunity. This is because of their vitamin C—having one of the highest ascorbic acid content.
A single persimmon has a whopping 80% of the daily requirement of vitamin C, which stimulates the immune system and increases the production of white blood cells (the primary line of defense for the body against foreign bodies and toxins, to name a couple).
Tips On How To Eat Persimmons
First, let me help clear up a misconception. You do not need to allow persimmons to ripen to an almost rotting state. However, you do need to allow them to ripen until they are soft to the touch and pulpy. Otherwise they taste kind of chalky and nasty!
Astringent variety persimmons generally are harvested while they are hard but fully matured and will continue to ripen at room temperature. If you allow to ripen fully, you can almost scoop out it’s pulp with a spoon, which makes them a fun snack on their own. 🙂
See full recipe below…
Spiced Persimmon Smoothie Recipe
- First 2 ripe persimmons, chopped (I don’t mind the seeds and hope you don’t either!)
- Second add 1 frozen banana
- Third add 1 cup apple cider
- Fourth add ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Add a pinch of ground cloves
- Garnishes: mint leaves coconut yogurt, apple slices, cinnamon sprinkles
- Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
- Swirl coconut yogurt on top for design and top with optional garnishes.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Let me know what your favorite smoothie bowl creation is, and don’t forget to add this recipe to your Pinterest Smoothie board!
Hello! I luuuuuv persimmons!!! 😀 Definitely going to make this tomorrow. How important is it to buy organic persimmons? 99% of the produce I buy is organic but it’s a little difficult (for me at least) to find organic persimmons. Do they contain as much pesticides as apples and other produce on the dirty dozen list? I don’t peel them either.
Hi Roxanne and thanks for your question. Sounds like you’re doing a great job in buying organic fruits and veggies so if you’re unable to find organic persimmons, just give them a good washing with some apple cider vinegar and rinse well with water. Here is the EWG Shoppers Guide to Pesticides (http://bit.ly/2hgz3uK), so you have it handy when doing your shopping. Lots of love and keep up the great work! 😉
OMG!!! you read my mind with this recipe Hourma( in Turkish) is my favorite fruit! I wish they were always in season:-) Cheers for the recipe and the simplicity. XOXO Ra
Lots of love Ra and thank you for checking out this recipe! 😉
Hi, Kim! I am one of those unfortunate souls that can’t have any form of apple, even cooked. (ACV seems to be the only thing I can tolerate that doesn’t involve an epi pen.) Do you know of any other option that I could use as a substitute for the apple cider in this recipe? Thank you!
Hi Bri…you could try 1 tab lemon or lime juice mixed with 1 cup of water and see which you prefer. Let us know how you do and sending lots of love! 😉
Persimmons grow wild in central Oklahoma. You are so right when you say, be sure the fruit is ripe. It must be alum which draws your mouth to a no talking stage. Ripe is the key word.
Thanks Cindy….lots of love! 😉
I have been obssessed. Thanks so much
Thank you for sharing your feedback…so thrilled you love this! 😉
Hi do you mean using apple cider is apple cider vinegar or juice? Thanks
Hi Joanne…this recipe uses apple cider (not vinegar). Try to find an organic brand you trust or if you’re real industrious, you can make your own using this recipe: http://bit.ly/2A8WzPe Lots of love! 😉
This is just delicious instead of the apple cider I added apple cider vinegar a little bit of water and it came out super. This is such a delicious smoothie but I’m going to share with all my family, we eat a lot of persimmons!
That’s amazing Melisa…so glad you tweaked it to your needs and liked it. Keep up the great work and sending you and your family lots of love! 😉
I loved this. It tasted like Christmas in a smoothie 🙂 My local health food stores were out of persimmons, but I found organic/biodynamic persimmons online at La Vigne Organics. It was the first time I purchased from them and both the tangerines and persimmons I bought were delicious! I’ll be making this smoothie again for sure! Thank you!
So happy to hear your feedback Jennifer and that you found a source on where to find persimmons. It’s worth the effort, isn’t it?!! Lots of love and continued support to you! 😉