Persimmon: properties, nutritional values, calories

The persimmon (Diospyros kaki) is a fruit tree belonging to the Ebenaceae family.

The fruits called, in fact, cachi, kaki o loto, have a spherical shape, a Orange colour, a rather sweet taste and numerous beneficial properties for health. 


  • Properties and benefits of persimmons
  • Calories and nutritional values ​​of persimmons
  • How to consume persimmons
  • How many persimmons can you eat per day
  • When not to eat persimmons
  • Contraindications of persimmons
  • How to store persimmons


Properties and benefits of persimmons

Persimmons are rich in nutrients and have health benefits.
 Here are some of the properties of persimmons:

  • They have high amounts of antioxidants, which counteract the development of chronic diseases.
  • Anti-inflammatories.
  • They favor the heart health e eyes.
  • They improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels, thanks to the presence of fibers.


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Calories and nutritional values ​​of persimmons

100 g of persimmon provide:

  • 65 kcal
  • 0,6 g protein
  • Lipids 0,3 g
  • G carbohydrates 16
  • Sugars 16 g
  • Fiber 2,5 g

Furthermore, there are numerous nutritional properties of persimmons, thanks to the presence of minerals such as:

  • Potassium;
  • magnesium

and vitamins:

  • Vitamin A;
  • C vitamin;
  • Vitamin E;
  • vitamina k.


How to consume persimmons

The persimmon period runs from mid-October to late November. 
Persimmons can be eaten like any portion of fruit. There are several varieties including apple persimmons, with a firm and crunchy pulp and persimmon vanilla which are subjected to a maturation process called ammezzimento.

This last, are particularly suitable for the preparation of jams, or, you can use the pulp to spread on bread or rusks.


How many persimmons can you eat per day

An average serving of fresh fruit is approximately 150 g. This also applies to persimmons, to be customized according to your energy-nutritional needs and state of health.

In many cases, persimmons are not recommended in the low-calorie diet, due to the quantity of simple sugars present and due to the high calories of persimmon. However, to limit the impact of persimmons on blood sugar, it is sufficient to consume them by combining them with a source of protein and / or fats (eg yogurt and / or nuts in shell).

When not to eat persimmons

No particular conditions are known where it is necessary to avoid persimmons. However, in case of ailments or pathologies, it is always good to consult your doctor.


Contraindications of persimmons

There are no particular contraindications for the consumption of persimmon, when consumed in adequate quantities.


How to store persimmons

It is recommended to store persimmons in dry places, fresh and not exposed to light. Furthermore, it is best not to overlap them to prevent them from being damaged.


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Bibliography and sources

Vitamin A and Vision, Sub-cellular biochemistry

Natural forms of vitamin E: metabolism, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities and the role in disease prevention and therapy, Free radical biology & medicine

Antiartherosclerotic Effects of Plant Flavonoids, BioMed research international

Food composition tables, CREA

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