Persimmon fruit has been popularly grown in Japan for the past 1,300 years and is also produced in China as well as other parts of the world. This fruit, which is technically speaking a berry, is often eaten fresh or may be cooked or even dried. Typically tomato-shaped, persimmons are sweet to the taste but are also wonderfully nutritious. This fruit is rich in nutrients and is associated with many health benefits that are too good to be ignored. If you think the persimmon is merely an exotic fruit trying to look like a tomato, think again. Persimmon will enchant your taste buds while enhancing your health.
Persimmons are rich in betulinic acid which has anti-tumor compounds. This acid has the power to cause tumor cell apoptosis. Essentially the tumor cells die before they have a chance to develop. If you have a tumor already, the betlulinic acid helps prevent the tumor from growing larger or metastasizing. Because persimmons are so rich in antioxidants, they have the power to neutralize disease-causing free radicals. You can enjoy persimmons’ cancer-fighting power simply by adding them to your diet. You can feature them in puddings, cakes, curries, and more.
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