*How I Learned To Love Persimmons

We got these persimmons from a great good friend of ours.

He's one-half of an amazing gay couple that we admire very much; they've been together for decades.  But that's another story.

On to the persimmons.

Or one.

This is a Fuyu.  A Giant Fuyu, according to our gay friend.

Isn't it giant?

Our cutting board has a cute smiley cartoon animal on it, in case you're wondering what those lines are in the background.

Fuyu vs. Hachiya

There are two main types of persimmons: Fuyu and Hachiya.

I like Fuyus because they get sweet earlier, unlike Hachiyas which need to be ripe to the point of feeling water balloony before they're sweet.  Kinda gross if you're not used to that.  I'm not used to that.

How To Eat A Persimmon

Remove the persimmon's hat.

Halve.

Which allows for more easily notching out the less appetizing black stuff that was under the hat.

Slice s'more.

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Enjoy.

You can eat the skin, or not.  Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

This time, I don't.

These Fuyu Persimmons are just the perfect, mild amount of sweet.  Love 'em!

Health Benefits of Persimmons

According to Mercola.com, persimmons are a great source of:

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • manganese (for healthy skin, protectant against lung and mouth cancers)
  • fiber
  • B-complex vitamins (stabilizes the metabolic system)
  • phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants like beta-carotene

I didn't grow-up eating persimmons much at all.  But I'm super happy to be introduced to this fruit that I can enjoy (without puckering up my mouth because it's TOO SWEET or TOO SOUR for me).  

Giant Fuyus are JUST RIGHT.