Persimmon, the superfood of the ancient times

In ancient Egypt the Persimmon was the symbol of the four elements of nature, the symbol of reincarnation, but it was also the symbol of the rising sun.

Odysseus' companions tasted a kind of Persimmon on the island of Lotophageus and immediately forgot their home and their journey because of this honey-flavored fruit. Although you might remember the Homeric reference, you may forget to include this food in your daily nutrition.

The health benefits of Persimmon

1. It is poor in calories, but rich in nutrients
At just 70 calories per 100 gr, persimmon is a great choice for those who want to lose weight. Despite its low calorie value, persimmon is rich in important vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C and B, potassium and manganese.

2. Has strong antioxidant effect
Persimmon has a high content of Vitamin C,  providing about 21% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, which has a strong antioxidant effect, significantly stimulating the immune system and contributing to the formation of the skin collagen. Persimmon's antioxidant activity is enhanced by substances such as beta-carotene, lycopene and certain flavonoids, such as polyphenols and catechins, which give the lotus its characteristic orange color and are known for their anti-inflammatory action. Antioxidants in the diet have been linked to the prevention of cellular damage, which is responsible for the aging effect and the emergence of chronic diseases.

3. Enhances eye health
It is rich in vitamin A, which is essential for eye health. Specifically, one fruit provides 55% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. Vitamin A supports the function of conjunctival and corneal membranes. In addition, it is an essential component of rhodopsin, a protein necessary for normal vision. It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids with antioxidant activity that promote healthy vision. These substances are high in the retina, a photosensitive layer of tissue in the back of the eye.

4. It's good for the heart
"Bad" cholesterol (LDL) can increase the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Foods high in soluble fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, can help reduce high levels of "bad"cholesterol.  Persimmon  has high fiber content and has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol levels.

5. Combats constipation
Fiber is also important for normal bowel movements. If you are suffering from constipation, try to include lotus in your daily diet.

How to consume it
It is important not to eat it immediately after harvest. Let it soften first
When it is mature, it is best to consume it as quickly as possible, since it "breaks down" fairly quickly
In the refrigerator it can be stored for 2-3 days
You can enjoy it in many ways, not only as a fruit but also in salads, along with yogurt or smoothies 
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