By its botanical name “Diospyros kaki“, it can be recognized by its great similarity to the tomato. Its skin is smooth and orange to red depending on the variety and degree of ripeness.
A tree of the Ebenaceae family and native to China, the persimmon is still called the persimmon tree. Of the same name, its flight is also called “fig tree”, “plaquemine” or “persimon“.
Unripe and still green, it is at once spicy, astringent and non-consumable. When it matures, its flesh becomes soft and tender: persimmons are delicious and have a sweet and mild taste.
Known for its nutritional benefits, the persimmon fruit contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidant properties.
In therapy, its fiber content is indicated to promote the intestinal tract and strengthen the body’s defenses. To these benefits is added its energetic and invigorating potential.
Easy to store, khakis can be consumed in various ways:
- When it is ripe, it can be eaten with a spoon, but when it is still firm, it crunches like an apple.
- When added to a fruit salad, it is just as popular.
- Cooked, in jam, compote or in a crumble, persimmon lends itself to all your desires.
Khaki, for the record
Still called “kakipomme”, “plaquemine” or “figuecaque”, the persimmon was not discovered in Europe until the 19th century. In France, its first trees were planted (in 1870) in Toulon.
Persimmon cultivation has gradually spread to Mediterranean areas, even in regions where the temperature reaches -15°C.
Consumable in all seasons (especially in autumn), this fruit with exceptional aromas and full of vitamins is especially recommended during the winter period.
There are two main categories: American Persimmon and Asian Persimmon.
Khaki: health benefits
Persimmon is full of vitamins (A, B and C), minerals (potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sodium), but also manganese and selenium; which makes it astringent, diuretic and depurative.
It is also an energizer and tonic, very effective in the fight against harmful bacteria thanks to the vitamin C that closes.
The antioxidant properties conferred by carotenoids, tannins, flavonoids (gallic acid, catechins, proanthocyanidins …) that it contains, favor the treatment of coronary diseases.
It is also essential for the growth of children, a stimulant for the immune system. It also improves vision.
- Health professionals recommend persimmons to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Its role as a stomach protector and intestinal cleanser gives it digestive virtues: the fibers it contains promote lipid metabolism.
A real soothing fruit, “persimon”, is also indicated in cases of lazy digestion (constipation).
It is also known for its properties to strengthen the immune system and fight colds and flu.
For the treatment and prevention of diabetes, the properties of persimmon leaves inhibit alpha-amylase. They are used to increase insulin sensitivity.
To have a beautiful and soft skin at the same time, the consumption of “caque de figs” is very often indicated.
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Mature persimmon can be eaten as a dessert or in the middle of the morning: it should be eaten especially in winter to keep fit, without abusing it because persimmon is mainly a laxative.
Caution: Persimmon consumption is not recommended for patients with digestive disorders, diabetics and obese people.
If in doubt, do not hesitate to ask your doctor for advice.
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