Did you know some fruits ripen when there has been frost the night before?
This happens a lot in the dessert!
When I found this out it got me thinking that perhaps this is the way to ripen fruits when living in a place that doesn’t often have ripe fruit available.
NB: I don’t think it is a good idea to rely of fruit that is not native but every now and again this tip might help…
I decided to try this wee trick out on persimmons…
The heart-shaped Hachiya is the most common variety of astringent persimmon.
Astringent persimmons contain very high levels of soluble tannins and are unpalatably astringent (or “furry” tasting) if eaten before completely softened.
The persimmons I found in ‘Earthy’, Edinburgh, were solid!
Not ripe at all.
But remembering this wee fact, I froze them!
Here they are after a night in the deep freeze…
Persimmons are known to be high in phenolic compounds, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese.
They are also rich in vitamin C and beta carotene.
Regular consumption of the fruit is even believed to reduce the risk of heart attacks!
Other research shows that a diet rich in persimmons improves lipid metabolism – the way the body copes with fat.
The fruits of some persimmon varieties contain the beneficial tannins and anti-tumor compounds!
Looks to me like this is a fruit worth trying, it’s a fun addition to smoothies, salads or just on their own as a snack.
I am yet to try the freezer trick with other fruits… i’ll keep you posted, or if you have any thoughts, let me know!
I know, it’s not the best idea to freeze a fruit, but it’s a lot better than a frozen TV dinner!
One last tip for staying healthy this winter…
Don’t forget to drink your green juice every day!!! Even when it’s cold and all you want to do is cosy up with some stodgy food…
Drinking a large jug ‘o’ juice once a day will do you the world of good when it comes to staying strong, hydrated and fighting fit through the long & challenging winter ahead!