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What Is a Persimmon and What Does It Taste Like?

A persimmon at its peak tastes sweet, mild, and rich. Many people have described its flavor as “honey-like.” Its texture is similar to that of apricot and its skin is a bit tougher than an apple’s. Honestly, persimmon is utterly delicious, probably one of the best-tasting fruits on earth.

Persimmons are valued for their antioxidant qualities, high fiber content, and possible anti-inflammatory abilities. Some experts say persimmons offer a powerful source of flavonoid antioxidants which can help prevent heart disease. And that’s not all: One persimmon contains about 55 percent of the recommended intake of vitamin A, which boosts the functions of your conjunctival membranes and corneas and supports overall eye health.

Persimmons are often eaten fresh as a snack, tossed with salads, roasted, or cooked into desserts. Asian people turn their abundant persimmon into delicacy - sun-dried persimmon is a type of traditional dried fruit snack in Asia. Known as shìbǐng (柿餅) in Chinese, hoshigaki (干し柿) in Japanese, and gotgam (곶감) in Korean, it is traditionally made in the winter, laid on baskets, dried by the air and sun.

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