Viruses and colds become more active in winter, making it crucial to strengthen your immune system to stay healthy. Vitamin-C rich fruits like apples are known for their immune-boosting and weight loss properties.
Persimmons, originating from persimmon trees in China, offer a cheaper alternative to popular seasonal fruits. These orange fruits are packed with vitamins C, E, and potassium and contain 118 calories per serving.
A nutrition expert from Bulk.com stated: "Don't judge this delicious winter fruit by its appearance. Persimmons look much like a tomato, but their orange, mango-like inner flesh is lavish and filled with immunity-boosting properties."
Persimmons contain only 0.3g of fat per serving and six grams of fiber to help reduce inflammation and promote healthy digestion.
Tannins in persimmons can reduce inflammation by fighting bacteria and decreasing infections.
Despite their sweetness, research suggests they can help control diabetes by preventing sudden blood sugar spikes.
Persimmons can be eaten fresh, dried, or cooked and are often used in jelly, beverages, pies, curries, and puddings.
They have a similar mild flavor to melon but can be bitter if eaten too early.
The nutrition expert from Bulk added: "The persimmon tastes like no other fruit, with a rich, spicy, and sweet flavor all at once."
TikTok chef Jean Choi shared a viral recipe for caramelized persimmons. It's a quick and healthy alternative to traditional apple pie, containing about 400 calories per serving when made from scratch.
Slice two persimmons, add brown sugar and spices, and cook them in an air fryer for 20 minutes for a "melt-in-your-mouth" dessert, explains Choi.
Cooking a persimmon brings out their intense sweetness. Serve with low-fat ice cream, yogurt, or crème fraîche for a delicious meal finale with fewer calories.