Ingredient of the Week: What is this Odd Looking Fruit?

Kaki/Persimmon Fruit

As mentioned previously in the “Food for Crohns” page, the kaki (aka persimmon) fruit is the first superfood that really got me started with my new healthy lifestyle. This “ugly looking tomato” I found at the market is a really strange fruit; but the health benefits far out-weigh any discrimination. It was this fruit that made me start to do my research; and with this research came an all-new eye opening experience to just how good those foods growing out of the ground can be. Kaki or Persimmon is packed FULL of healthy nutrition and Vitamin A – in fact kaki has 10,000 I.U. of Vitamin A, versus an apple which has 900 I.U.

How do I eat this thing?

Some people suggest that you can peel the skin off and eat it that way, but the best way is to cut it in half and scoop it out with a spoon like a grapefruit. You should always eat fruits within their growing season and the fall/winter is when persimmon is best. The key to the best tasting Kaki is to age it until it is about the consistency of a bag of jelly; otherwise this fruit will taste gritty & bitter. But when eaten right, it has a very sweet taste and the consistency of jam. Don’t let the first try deter you from trying it again either, because it wasn’t until the second one that I really enjoyed it and started eating them on a regular basis (I just had to get used to the consistency at first).

You shouldn’t have to wait too long for them to age either; it should be within a couple of weeks. Just keep an eye out for the consistency change. Make sure that it doesn’t get too soft either.

What kind of food is it best in?

Other than eating on it’s own when ripe; it is traditionally used in cakes, desserts, pies & ice cream. Add slices to salad or puree it into a smoothie, jellies, pancake and/or yogurt topping or simply mixed in with a fruit salad.

What exactly makes this fruit so amazing?

  • Vitamin A: 10,080 I.U.
  • Ascorbic acid: 48 mg
  • Thiamine: .11 mg
  • Riboflavin: .08 mg
  • Niacin: .4 mg
  • Calcium: 26 mg
  • Phosphorus: 97 mg
  • Iron:1.3 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 73 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Calories: 286

Vitamin A – Contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals; this prevents premature aging. Free radicals can cause degenerative changes like arthritis, atherosclerosis, etc. . It is said that it may help in the prevention of cancer in organs and glands such as the mammary glands, skin, lungs, gut, bladder and reproductive organs & prostate gland. Also good for your skin, bones & eyesight.

Shibuol Tannins & Betulinic Acid – These have been known to have anti-cancer properties

Why is it good for people with Crohn’s Disease?

Persimmon is great for your overall health, but as everything else; only in moderation! Too much of even a good thing can be bad for you, so only eat one once in awhile to keep your body balanced. Otherwise, kaki is great for regulating your digestive system as well as treating hemorrhoids which might typically come with having Crohn’s Disease.


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