John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Dried Hachiya Persimmons

John Sigona’s Dried Fruit & Nut Pick of the Week are Dried Hachiya Persimmons.

9.5 oz. Container – $5.99

(Reg. $7.99)

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John Sigona has been our dried
fruit and nut expert for
over 35 years.

One of my favorite dried fruits is an unusual treat. They’re hard to find, except for here at Sigona’s. This week, we have Dried Hachiya Persimmons on special. These dried fruits are so delicious and so good for you with a surprisingly high nutritional value!

A few nutritional reasons to get excited about our exquisite Dried Hachiya Persimmons:

  • Pound for pound, they have 4 times the fiber of fresh persimmons
  • 2 times the protein of fresh persimmons
  • Overall, a very rich source of fiber
  • Good supplement of vitamin A
  • Contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium
  • Contains trace amounts of iron and zinc

I’m excited about this year’s new crop of Hachiya persimmons. They are fantastic—full of exceptional fresh persimmon flavor and sweetness. They’re simply incredible!

I get these sweet treats from Coachella Valley in California, but these fruits go way back in history. When the ancient Greeks ruled the world, they referred to persimmons as “the fruit of the Gods” or “Nature’s candy.” When considering their nutritional value, it makes perfect sense to me.

Native to China, persimmons made it to California in the 18th century; and now, our Golden State produces about 99% of the national market’s supply of persimmons.

I love persimmons, dried or fresh. Since fresh persimmons are only available about three months out of the year, usually from October through December, it is especially satisfying that the dried version, not only taste delicious, but may even be healthier than the fresh. Dried persimmons retain their delicious, nutritious, unique, distinct flavor, the same as fresh persimmons, except due to these dried fruits being concentrated, they have more nutritional value, pound for pound, compared to their fresh counterpart.

Dried Hachiya Persimmons are a wonderful out-of-hand treat besides all of the other ways to eat them, including my own special discovery*:

  • *I chop them up and put them in a special fresh fruit salad, which includes fresh mango, fresh pineapple, fresh grapes and fresh kiwi fruit
  • Terrific in cookies and breads
  • Wonderful in granola, yogurt, trail mixes, cooked cereals and salads of all kinds
  • Serve with your favorite tea!

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