As far as I can remember, the first time I had this fruit was in Medan. At that time I was about 5 - 6 y.o. There's a picture of me eating it in the middle of the market. Why do we call it 'pisang kaki' is always a wonder. I've seen the tree, not even close to a banana tree at all.
The colour of the flesh varies from pale yellow to red. This is because of the relatively high content of carotenes. Some people like to eat it when it's still crunchy, but I prefer to wait until it becomes soft, but not gooey. I think it tastes sweeter that way. Just wrap them in a plastic and keep them at room temperature will expedite the process of ripening.
During this winter time, most of the fruits have been priced a little bit higher. So does the vegetables. However, don't make this as an excuse not to eat fruits and vegies. There's a lot of varieties to choose from. Make them as a compulsory diet every day.
Nutritional Value of Persimmon
|Measurement||Weight gms||Energy Kcal||Water gms||Protein gms||Fat gms||CHO gms||Fibre gms||Ash gms|
|1 whole, small (DxT, 6.5x4.5 cm)||138||88||87.50||0.60||0.1||21.20||0.7||0.4|
|1 whole, large (DxT, 7.5x5 cm)||193||123||122.20||0.80||0.2||29.60||0.9||0.6|
|Measurement||Weight gms||Retinol microgram||Carotenes microgram||RE microgram||B1 mg||B2 mg||Niacin mg||C mg|
|1 whole, small (DxT, 6.5x4.5 cm)||138||0||356||60||0.09||0.02||0.3||18.80|
|1 whole, large (DxT, 7.5x5 cm)||193||0||497||83||0.12||0.03||0.5||26.20|