Wait, what is persimmons? And why do they look like a plum mixed a tomato? This intriguing fruit was originated in China where it has been cultivated for centuries. More than two thousand different cultivars or plants that often have been propagated not from seed, but rather vegetatively, exist. It spread to Korea and Japan many years ago where additional cultivars were developed. It wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that the plant was introduced to America by Commodore Perry.

Persimmons are red-brown or orange fruits that grow on trees like plums and look like a small, flat tomato capped by a calyx and the inside being pleasingly sweet. To avoid bitterness, persimmons should be eaten only when very ripe, usually peeled.

What I love most about persimmons is that it is a powerhouse in nutrition. Leading in Vitamin A, offering 55 percent of the daily value and are high in Vitamin C with 21 percent. Other vitamins include; Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and is a good daily source of manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous. Other health benefits include preventing lung and mouth cancer, boost immunity, aids digestion, prevent tumor development, improving vision and regulating blood circulation.

It’s too bad Americans aren’t more familiar with persimmons, since the Latin word for it means “food of the gods.” Quite interesting isn’t it?