The bounty of child labor...

Child labor rewarded me with 30 pounds of persimmons sitting on my kitchen counter.  Wish I could say it was free but I'm paying for them for at least 18 years. :/

That's what happens when I take my girls persimmon picking.  

Persimmons are our all-time favorite fruit when the summer crops end.  

They're great portable snacks.

Sadly, not a lot of people know about this yummy fruit.

If that's you, here's the lowdown...

It comes in 2 varieties: Fuyu and Hachiya

Fuyu is the one that's kinda like an apple and is found more easily.  It's the squatter kind on the right in the picture below (part of my 30 pound haul).  Ready to be eaten as soon as you buy it - orange skin and all so make sure it's organic!  If it has a little give when you squeeze it (like a ready-to-eat avocado), it'll be sweeter than if it's completely hard.  It's kinda subtle so don't worry too much about that.  They're also great in salads, just like apples.

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Hachiya is the one you need to be careful about and so you MUST know which one you have.  Ask the grocer if you're unsure at all.  It's the one with a pointy end.  It has to be completely mushy. 

If you eat Hachiya before it's completely ripe, you will know the meaning of astringent.  In fact, if you don't know what astringent means, take a bite of an unripe Hachiya persimmon. Can you take a picture of your reaction and email it to me?  Lol!  You will never make that mistake again.  Believe me.

When you buy Hachiya, it's usually hard so will take days to ripen.  My mom told me to put them in a plastic bag with an apple to speed up the ripening process.  It's working so far...  Thanks, Ma! 

Once it's jelly soft, you can eat it straight like that (without the skin), use it like jam, or plop into the blender for a smoothie.  Because of the high moisture content, it can also be baked with.  Or my favorite way is to freeze it until it becomes like a sorbet.  The problem with that is I often forget it's there and becomes hard as a rock. :/

So there you go, persimmons are great to incorporate into your fruit line up at this time of year when choices are more limited.  They have a pretty short season so enjoy them while you can.

Besides being delicious, they have lots of nutritional value.  They're high in antioxidants which protect our cells from age-related damage.  

In my online GPS (Get Pregnant & Stay pregnant) Fertility Program, I talk a lot about antioxidants, their role in reversing poor egg and sperm quality, foods and supplements high in antioxidants that help boost fertility.  

If you want in, get your fruity booties to this link: zenfertility.com/gps

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

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