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
(Good through May 10, 2017)
One of my favorite dried fruits. They’re an unusual treat and so 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
- 2 times the protein of fresh
- Overall a very rich source of fiber
- Good amount of vitamin A
- Contains Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, magnesium
- Contains trace amounts of Iron and Zinc
Our Hachiya persimmons come from The Coachella Valley in California, but history takes us all the way back to when the Greeks ruled the world. The ancient Greeks referred to Persimmons as “the fruit of the gods” or “nature’s candy.” Considering their nutritional value, their unique flavor and sweetness, it makes perfect sense to call them “the fruit of the gods!”
Native to China, persimmons made it to California in the 18th century. Our Golden State currently produces around 99% of the national market.
I love persimmons dried or fresh. Since fresh persimmons are only available about 3 short 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, flavor, same as the fresh. Except, because the dried are concentrated, they actually have much 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!