Being born in the month October, I naturally love any and everything pumpkin: pumpkin spice soy lattes, pumpkin oreos, pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice Clif Bars, everything. It is a complete and utter obsession that I have no problem admitting.
Persimmons are just as addicting. When you let them get ripe, really ripe, squishy ripe, the inside tastes like it has cinnamon in it. They taste amazing in juices and just eaten by themselves. The only down side is where I live, you have to wait almost a month for them to ripen.
People never talk about the nutritional value of pumpkins or persimmons. Did you know that you can eat pumpkin seeds? I use them mainly in banana nut bread and when I need an energy boost. Here’s some things that I bet you didn’t know about pumpkins or persimmons.
- keeps eyesight sharp – 1 cup is 200% of your daily vitamin A intake
- high in fiber with 1 cup totaling three grams of fiber
- pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols that lower bad cholesterol
- may reduce cancer
- protects the skin
- pumpkin seeds can put you in a better mood with its high amounts of the amino acid tryptophan
- great after a hard workout
- boosts immune system support
- high amounts of vitamin C so eat these when you have a cold or the flu
- high fiber and water content so helps with constipation and digestion
- high potassium and calcium content has a diuretic quality
- lowers blood pressure
- aids in liver health and body detoxification
- homeopathic remedy for hemophilia and hemorrhoids
These two fruits are great for many reasons and I love them both. If you have not tried persimmons, give them a gander and if you’ve been iffy about pumpkin, be iffy no more. You are missing out on all sorts of health benefits.