Persimmons!  Many people are unaware of persimmons.  Growing up in the Midwest, it’s been something I have always known.  My grandma always made persimmon pudding for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it was always a wonderful treat.  I would have to say that persimmons are one of those fruits that you either love or hate.  They have a sweet, cinnamon flavor.

The persimmon in it’s raw form is full of nutritional benefits.  It’s a good source of vitamins A, C, B, and manganese.  Persimmons are also rich in fiber.  They have a high content of antioxidants as well.  Even though most people don’t enjoy or eat persimmons in their raw form, getting them into our diet is still beneficial.

I recently made a couple different recipes using persimmons, and they were delicious.

Clean Eating Persimmon Ice Cream

3-4 bananas, sliced and frozen

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/3 c pure maple syrup

1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

I also added a little almond milk to make it the consistency that I was looking for.  Just play around with this recipe and even sub in pumpkin for a different fall flavor.

I made a Paleo Persimmon Coffee Cake as well.  That recipe was originally pumpkin.  You can find that recipe at:

Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Some other ways to get this nutritious fruit into your diet is as follows:

  1. Combine with berries for a yummy fruit salad
  2. You can slice and dehydrate them for a nutrition snack
  3. Top your oatmeal or yogurt with them
  4. Roast the persimmons and drizzle them with honey
  5. You can freeze them and add them to smoothies
  6. Make muffins or breads using persimmon
  7. Make persimmon parfaits

Of course, the more you can use them in their raw natural form, the more nutrition you will get from them.  I hope you will try a few of these ideas this season.  Use your creativity and see what you can come up with.  Playing with different foods to get maximum nutrition can be fun.  Enjoy trying to new flavors!  Happy Fall!

In health,