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Japanese Persimmon

Introduction of Japanese Persimmon

            Scientific name - Diospyros kaki

Japanese persimmon is otherwise known as Diospyros kaki or Asian persimmon. The species is densely cultivated in China. The species is one of the oldest cultivated plants which were found to be existed more than 2000 years ago. Huge Chinese communities see this fruits as of great mystical power as the fruit could heal headaches, back pains and foot ache.

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About fruit

The fruit appears in both spherical and oval shape and weighs up to 500 grams. It possesses smooth and shiny outer skin with ranging shades from yellow to red-orange. Each fruit contains maximum of eight seed and it tends to softer when turns ripe. It has unique astringent taste with bitter traces much like pear and apricot flavors. Kaki has rich content of carotenoids, beta-cryptoxanthin, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein and alpha-carotene components which makes the fruit far more valuable.

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Nutritional Value of Japanese Persimmon

Calories 118
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3 g 5 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 270 mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 31 g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6 g 24%
Sugars 21 g
Protein 1 g 2%
Vitamin A 54%
Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 3%

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Health Benefits of Japanese Persimmon

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Helps in weight loss

The fruit contains only 31 grams of carbohydrates with hardly any traces of fat in it. These two factors help people on their weight loss journey.

Rich source of phytochemicals

It has high content of phytochemicals catechins and polyphenolic antioxidants. Catechin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-infective agent which could aid against unwanted inflammatory infections.

Natural anti-hemorrhoid

The fruit possess anti-hemorrhagic properties which could effectively act as a coagulant.

For a healthy digestive system

On taking the fruit regular in diet helps improve bowel movements. The tannins present in the fruit gives relief against diarrhea and regulate the intestinal movement. It helps in nourishing the digestive system in a healthy way.

Good for diabetics and hypertension

The fruit is rich in fibers and sodium and hence it can control hunger cravings that is being caused by diabetics. It maintains balanced low-sodium diet that in-turn regulates consistent sodium level in the body.

Helps fight cancer

The fruit has rich antioxidants which help in limiting the free radicals. The traces of shibuol and betulinic acid present in the fruit helps fight against the cancer cells.

Other supplementary benefits

Japanese persimmon is used for treating hiccups, improving the production of red blood cells and enhancing the vision.

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Uses of Japanese Persimmon

Japanese Persimmon can also be used for medicinal purposes. The fruit has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine for its ability to aid digestion, reduce inflammation, and support the immune system. It is believed to help regulate blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol, and improve circulation.

The leaves and bark of the Japanese Persimmon tree are also used medicinally. The leaves can be boiled and dried to create a tea that can help with constipation and diarrhea. The bark of the tree can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Japanese Persimmon is also used in cooking. The sweet, tangy flavor of the fruit pairs well with many dishes, both sweet and savory. It can be used in salads, soups, and curries. It is also a popular ingredient in desserts and baked goods, such as cakes and pastries.

The Japanese Persimmon tree is an ornamental tree that is often planted for its beauty. The tree produces fragrant white flowers in the spring and its leaves turn a vibrant red-orange in the autumn. It makes a great addition to any garden and can be grown in containers.

The wood of the Japanese Persimmon tree is also useful. It is hard and durable, making it an ideal material for furniture and tools. It is also used to make musical instruments and weapons.

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