December 22, 2017

8 Health Benefits of Japanese apple (Persimmon)

Basic information about Persimmon (Kaki)

Persimmon or Kaki (lat. Diospyros kaki) is also called Japanese apple, the fruit of godsoriental apple, because it comes from the soil of eastern Asia, China and Japan.

Its origins are oriental, from the region of China and Japan, where some kind of apples were grown as a single species, while today it is planted and sold in the form of seedlings. 

Today, kaki fruit is spread to other continents, so it can also be found in the Mediterranean climate.

Japanese apple or persimmon, loves areas with warmer climates, mild winters and not too damp soil. It arrives for harvesting in the autumn - winter period.

There are several different types of apples, which differ in shape, color and nutritional value. The shape of some apples can be a heart shaped, like tomato or pumpkin.

The color of the fruit varies from orange, with a shade of yellow, to darker orange and red. The whole fruit is edible, except for cups and seeds. The internal edible part of the Japanese apple ('' flesh ‘‘) is juicy, but when it is mature, it does not have much water and has a sweet taste, which resembles apricot.

Two types of Japanese apples are grown - one with more tannin, which has to be matched to the end of maturation, in order to get an edible gelatinous soft inner mass and another type of Japanese apple, which has less tannin in it and its fruits resemble to an apple (juicy, hard consistence).

Nutritional composition of Persimmon

Japanese apples are fruits that abound with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants, which are very important factors in the preservation of human health.

The main building materials are carbohydrates, present in order of 10.8%, which makes persimmon a high-calorie food.

Japanese apple or persimmon, loves areas with warmer climates, mild winters and not too damp soil. It arrives for harvesting in the autumn - winter period.    There are several different types of apples, which differ in shape, color and nutritional value. The shape of some apples can be a heart shaped, like tomato or pumpkin.

It contains a lot of sugar, so it is not recommended for diet in diabetics and people with high blood pressure. It has a high glycemic index.

Kaki apple is a good source of vegetable fibers; it contains a little bit of fat, so it is recommended as fruit in weight loss diets.

The vitamins present in persimmon are vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B6, B12.

Minerals present in kaki apple are: manganese, calcium, potassium, copper and phosphorus.

Of other significant substances, that Japanese apple contains, are lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin, such as antioxidants and protectors of the function of vision.

What Are Health Benefits Of Kaki Fruit?

1. Weight reduction

The small amount of fat, plenty of sugars and vegetable fibers, make an japanese apple ideal for carbohydrate diets for weight loss. It accelerates metabolism, reduces hunger, and cleans the intestines from accumulated toxins and prevents the absorption of fat from food.

2. Laxative property

Japanese apple is a natural laxative, thanks to the presence of plant insoluble fibers. It prevents the formation of constipation, regulates digestion, enzymes secretion, and stimulates the work of the liver and gallbladder.

3. Reduces blood pressure

Presence of potassium, low sodium levels in apple has impact on blood pressure regulation. Japanese apple makes it possible to maintain osmotic pressure, amplify the diuresis, and reduce the volume of blood pressure in the blood vessels. Since some apple reduces pressure, it should not be consumed by people with low pressure.

4. Strengthens immunity and prevents disease

Quite a lot of vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc, antioxidants in kaki fruit, helps the body to be strong in contact with the microorganisms that cause disease.

5. Regulates of eye sight

Beta carotene and vitamin A are important vitamins in the preservation of healthy eye vision and the eye bottom. It prevents occurrence of cataract, macular degeneration of the retina and glaucoma.

6. Anticancerogenic action

The presence of antioxidants, flavonoids and other nutrients contributes to the maintenance of a good immune system, which is a good basis for avoiding tumors.

7. Prefers aging and the formation of wrinkles

A wealth of antioxidants, substances that destroy free radicals, puts Japanese apple among anti-age natural treatments against aging. It slows down aging, relieves the already existing wrinkle appearance and keeps the skin hydrated and taut.

8. Traditional use of kaki fruit in Japan

Japanese have been traditionally use persimmon against hiccup and when stopping internal bleeding.

Undesirable properties of Japanese apples

Because of the large amount of tannin, there may be less absorption of other nutrients from food and their deficiencies. Especially tannin is present in unripe fruits, so use only soft and ripe fruits of Japanese apples.

Japanese apple should not be taken on an empty stomach because it can lead to diarrhea.

Consumption in diabetics should be controlled due to high sugar content in the fruit of Japanese apples. 

You should not use a dried fruit of Japanese apple because it contains even more sugar than a fresh fruit.

Tips on how to use Japanese apple

Japanese apple should not be consumed with the peel. In the peel there are tannins, therefore it is recommended that the skin be peeled and removed, and that only soft, juicy and ripe meat is consumed.

How to eat Japanese apple? 

Fruits can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked.

Raw fruit can be eaten like an apple cut into slices. The taste is sweet and beautiful, reminiscent of the taste of apricot. 

Dried fruit can be used in making treats, pudding or mixing with mousses for breakfast.

Buying and storing Persimmon

When choosing fruits, you need to choose fruits with a bright yellow to orange color, without external changes or with wrinkled curd. It is enough to gently press the fruit of Japanese apples to determine maturity. Fully mature fruits are soft, and the interior is fresh.

Inmature, hard fruits can be left at room temperature to mature and become soft. 

In order to preserve it as hard, or to prolong the shelf life of Japanese apple, put it in a fridge, where it can be stored for several months.