Persimmon (Diospyros) is an orange-red custard like fruit with a thin but firm skin of the same color.

Health Benefits of Persimmon

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How to choose Persimmon

Persimmons become very soft and mushy when ripe, so don't be afraid buy fruit that looks bruised or discolored. However, some persimmons will not soften no matter how long they ripen. In this case, the only way to tell if persimmons are ripe is to taste one and see if it is ready or not. When not ripe, a persimmon has a grainy (astringent) texture, and is not at all sweet.

Climate and origin

Persimmons originated in Japan and China and grow best in warm temperate conditions, however, persimmons are hardy fruits which can be found in much colder climates.


When properly ripened a persimmon will have a very sweet fragrant taste with a pulpy custard like texture.

Substitutes with more vitamins

Apples, Papayas

Miscellaneous information

American persimmons tend to be smaller and redder than the Japanese kind and can grow as far north as the Great Lakes.

Similar tasting produce

Mamey Sapote

Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Persimmon + Complete Nutrition Facts

Vitamin A | Lycopene | Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Manganese | Copper |

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Nutrition Facts
Persimmons japanese raw       
Serving Size 100g
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.19g0%
    Saturated Fat 0.02g0%
Cholesterol 0mg~%
Sodium 1mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 18.6g6%
    Dietary Fiber 3.6g14%
    Sugar 12.5g~
Protein 0.6g~
Vitamin A33%Vitamin C13%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A 1627IU33%
    Retinol equivalents 81μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 0μg~
    Beta-carotene 253μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin 1447μg~
Vitamin C 7.5mg13%
Vitamin D 0IU (0μg)~%
    D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
    D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E 0.73mg4%
Vitamin K 2.6μg3%
    K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone ~μg~
    K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg~
Vitamin B12 0μg~%
Thiamin 0.03mg2%
Riboflavin 0.02mg1%
Niacin 0.1mg1%
Pantothenic acid ~mg~%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg5%
Folate 8μg2%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 8μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 8μg~
Choline 7.6mg~
Lycopene 159μg~
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 834μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.15mg1%
Magnesium 9mg2%
Phosphorus 17mg2%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 161mg5%
Zinc 0.11mg1%
Copper 0.113mg6%
Manganese 0.355mg18%
Selenium 0.6μg1%
Water 80.32g~
Ash 0.33g~
Fatty Acids
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio0.1
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio9.75
Total Omega 3s4000mg
18D3 Linolenic4000mg
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)~mg
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)0mg
20D3N3 Eicosatrienoic~mg
20D5 Eicosapentaenoic(EPA)0mg
22D5 Docosapentaenoic(DPA)0mg
22D6 Docosahexaenoic(DHA)0mg
Total Omega 6s39000mg
18D2CN6 Linoleic(LA)~mg
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)~mg
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)~mg
20D2CN6 Eicosadienoic~mg
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)~mg
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)~mg
22D4 Adrenic (AA)~mg
Essential Amino Acids  %RDI
Histidine 12000mg1714%
Isoleucine 25000mg1786%
Leucine 42000mg1538%
Lysine 33000mg1571%
Methionine 5000mg687%
Phenylalanine 26000mg2971%
Threonine 30000mg2857%
Tryptophan 10000mg3571%
Valine 30000mg1648%
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget
(2000 calories)
Percent Water Composition 80.3%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.03

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