Persimmon is an orange, tomato-shaped fruit that is native to Asia—particularly Japan and China. This berry is now grown in many parts of the world. There are different varieties of persimmon. In the United States, the common persimmon (Diospyros virginiana,) is primarily grown in California, although it can be found in other parts of the country ranging from Texas to Connecticut.
Many people compare the taste of persimmon to the taste of apricot, although the taste can vary based on the variety that you choose. Nutrition facts for persimmon may also vary slightly based on variety. Persimmons are commonly used in jams, jellies, pudding, and a variety of baked goods.
|Persimmon Nutrition Facts|
|Serving Size: 100 grams (about one-half cup)|
|Per Serving||% Daily Value*|
|Calories from Fat 3.3|
|Total Fat 0.4g|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0g|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||8%|
|Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 110%|
|Calcium 3% · Iron 14%|
|*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet|
Carbs in Persimmon
There are 127 calories in persimmon if you consume a single serving—or about a one-half cup. That is usually about one half to two-thirds of a persimmon, although the shape and size of persimmons vary depending on several factors (including the variety you choose).
Most of the calories in a persimmon come from carbohydrate. There are about 33 carbs in persimmon and most of the carbohydrate is sugar. There are about 7 grams of fiber per 100-gram serving. The glycemic load (GI) of 100-gram serving of persimmon is estimated to be about 15.
Fats in Persimmon
There is a very small amount of fat in persimmon.
One half-cup serving provides under 1 gram of fat.
Protein in Persimmon
Persimmon also provides a very small amount of protein. A serving provides just under 1 gram of the macronutrient.
Micronutrients in Persimmon
Native persimmon is an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 110 percent (66 milligrams) of your daily recommended needs. You’ll also benefit from small amounts of vitamin B6 when you consume this fruit.
Minerals in persimmon include iron (2.5 mg or 14 percent of your daily recommended needs) and smaller amounts of phosphorus, potassium, and calcium.
The same serving of Japanese persimmon provides a greater range of vitamins and minerals. A 100-gram serving provides 33 percent of your daily needs of vitamin A, a healthy dose of vitamin C, and smaller amounts of vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin K, folate, thiamin, and riboflavin, according to USDA data.
Minerals in Japanese persimmon include manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, copper, and iron.
Like many other berries, native persimmon health benefits come primarily from the substantial vitamin C it provides. Vitamin C must be consumed in the diet because our bodies are unable to make it naturally.
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is essential for good bone structure, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels. It aids in the absorption of iron, promotes wound-healing, and it may also help to prevent disease. In fact, studies investigating the role of citrus in cancer prevention are showing that these fruits may provide a positive benefit. However, research is ongoing.
You’ll also get a boost of fiber when you consume native persimmon. Most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Fiber helps to boost satiety, improves digestive health, and may help to lower blood cholesterol. Current guidelines suggest that you consume 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day.
Japanese persimmon is purported to provide additional health benefits. People have used the fruit medicinally to treat high blood pressure, fluid retention, constipation, hiccup, and stroke. It is also reportedly used to improve blood flow and reduce body temperature.
There is limited scientific evidence suggesting that the tannin content in persimmon may provide antioxidant benefits and may reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to strongly support medicinal uses of the fruit.
How should I select the best persimmon?
Not every grocery store sells persimmon. If your market has an exotic fruit section, you might find it there. Find a fruit that is plump but not firm. The skin should be bright, glossy, and free from blemishes.
When is persimmon in season?
In the United States, you are likely to find persimmon in the market from fall until late March.
Is it true that the persimmon is known to predict the weather?
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the persimmon fruit has a history of predicting the weather. Folklore describes that the shape of the persimmon seed can determine winter conditions. A fork-shaped seed means that weather will be mild, a spoon-shaped seed means that winter will be snowy, and a knife-shaped seed means that winter will be harsh and biting.
Recipes and Preparation Tips
There are different ways to use a persimmon, based in part on the variety that you choose. Some people combine persimmon with cheese or make jam with the fruit (that can also be enjoyed with cheese).
Using persimmon in baked goods is also popular, as is persimmon custard and pudding. You can add persimmon to a savory or sweet salad just like you might add other fruits (like grapefruit or orange slices) or you can enjoy dried persimmon alone or on top of ice cream. Need a persimmon recipe? Try these Oven-Dried Persimmon Rounds.
Allergies and Interactions
Persimmon can cause allergic reactions, although reports of persimmon allergy are rare. Most published reports of persimmon allergy have involved the Kaki variety. However, other persimmon varieties may also produce allergic symptoms in some patients.
Always check with your healthcare provider if you suspect an allergy to this or any food.