Tagged: Dietary fiber

Keep It Seasonal: Persimmons

Forget apples.  For fiber, try a persimmon a day to keep the doctor away.

Forget apples. For fiber, try a persimmon a day to keep the doctor away.

Persimmons look like quirky heirloom tomatoes on the outside, but they offer something a little bit different inside.   At first bite, the taste is hard to describe.  It’s subtle, but sweet, with dense tomato-like flesh that makes it a great addition to salsas and salads.  According to this article from Science Daily persimmons (as compared to apples) have higher atherosclerosis-fighting concentrations of dietary fiber, minerals, and phenolic compounds.  They also contain 80% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, as well as other antioxidant compounds like Vitamin A, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin, which combined can help prevent cancer and promote longevity among.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

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Keep It Seasonal: Call a Kiwi What It Is… A Great Source of Vitamin C

Kiwifruit is a great source of vitamin C.

Kiwifruit is a great source of vitamin C.

A fruit salad just isn’t a fruit salad without kiwi.  Its emerald green flesh and neatly speckled black seeds can turn just about any dish into a work of art.  But the kiwifruit is not just another pretty fruit.  It’s jam-packed with more vitamin C than an orange, making it the perfect weapon to combat the change in season, especially for those who suffer from respiratory problems like asthma.

The kiwifruit’s health are not relegated to respiratory problems.  According to this article from The World’s Healthiest Foods, the kiwi is unique in its ability to protect DNA from oxygen-related damage and provides antioxidant protection against inflammation and cancer.  It is also a good source of dietary fiber which controls blood sugar and promotes colon and cardiovascular health.

This article from Wikipedia says there are around 60 species of kiwifruit, with variations in size, shape, hairiness, color, juiciness, texture and taste.  According to the California Kiwifruit Commission, the California harvest begins in late September and peaks in October and early November making it one of the few homegrown California fresh fruits available in winter.

Photo courtesy of Kiwifruit: Curious Chromosomes Of A Curious Fruit from Science Daily.