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Persimmons: Natural Food

Persimmons are high in vitamin C.
Persimmons are high in vitamin C.
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Nutritional Information:

Excellent source of vitamin C.

What to Look For:

Select one with soft, deep red-orange skin, with no yellow areas. Hard persimmons are too tart to eat; try ripening in a paper bag with a banana or an apple. Pick a persimmon that is very soft if you want to eat it immediately.

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Easy Storage and Preparation:

Store in the refrigerator. They are best if used within two days.

Best Uses:

Peel before using raw. Add sliced persimmons to fruit salads or green salads. Or, for a simple cooked side dish, cut persimmons in half, keeping the peel, and cook quickly under the broiler.

NOTE: An excellent source contains more than 20 percent of the Daily Value for that nutrient. A good source contains between 10 and 19 percent of the Daily Value.

Source: Copyright © 2000 by Ellen Haas.

From the book "Great Adventures in Food" By Ellen Haas.

Used with permission of St. Martin's Press, LLC.

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