Friday, 15 November 2013

#FitFruitFriday - What is a Persimmon and How Do I Eat it?

You may have noticed these orange delights tucked away inside your regular office Fresh Range delivery the past few weeks - and we've certainly noticed the emails asking us what they are and what to do with them!

But fear not, fearless fruit fighters, we're here to give you the knowledge you need to divide, conquer and consume these tasty treats.

First off, you might know them better as 'Sharon Fruit'!

Colloquially named after their homeland - the Sharon Plain in Israel - they are actually just a variety of Persimmon (much like types of apples, think Golden Delicious and Pink Lady!) that are really referred to in the fruit trade as the 'Triumph' variety.

They've become quite the popular produce too...

Word of their health benefits (heart disease fighting properties, double the dietary fibre of an apple and rich in beta-carotene) have spread and so their sales have more than doubled in supermarkets and green grocers over the past year. So, what kind of office fruit supplier would we be if we didn't provide you with the most up-and-coming, hotter than hot fruit, eh?

Need no more convincing? Then here's how to eat those perfect persimmons:

  • Hachiya Persimmon (Acorn shaped)
- These are an astringent variety so if unripened they will taste bitter, sour and chalky!

- They need to be extremely ripe to be sweet, soft and ready to be eaten - so soft that the insides will feel like jelly and ready to burst from the skin!

- To eat them, slice them in half and use a spoon to devour the delicious flesh inside

  • Fuyu Persimmon (Squat tomato shaped)
- These are non-astringent so they can be eaten when crisp, firm and barely ripened.

- To eat them, slice them into segments and eat like an apple.

- They can easily be peeled due to their firmness but the skin is edible.

Let us know in the comments or @office_fruit if you have more questions about these little orange stowaways in your office fruit delivery!

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