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Calories in Native Persimmons
Nutrition Facts

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Nutritional Data Chart Posted Below

Wild Persimmons

Some interesting facts that may surprise you about persimmons…

The persimmon is a favorite fruit of possums. They are quite bitter, right? Quite sour? Oh yes! Then why is it that possums do not have mouths shaped like jute tobacco bags?

Captain John Smith's reaction to the persimmon was aptly spoken, "If it be not ripe, it will draw a man's mouth awry with much torment."

The secret is.....the native fruit becomes sweet generally after the first autumn frost because that is when the tannin in the fruit slowly dissipates and a mellow, sweet meat is left. The tannin content is why the fruit is so bitter. When ripened, they fall off the tree and onto the ground where they are consumed by wildlife.

At times, the leftover fruit will cling to the tree branches throughout the winter months. When spring arrives, the tree will be covered with dried fruit.

In our area of Texas, there are numerous native persimmon trees. Over the years we have watched these trees and there are so many that the fruit goes to waste. So at times when fall is bountiful, we will gather a small amount and make a batch of persimmon bread.

Before eating any wild plant, you should consult a trained botanist or naturalist to be sure of the identification. Japanese Persimmons | Dried Persimmons

Calories in Native Persimmons

One small fruit contains about 30 calories. There are other notable nutritional elements inside this small package such as close to 30 milligrams of calcium, almost a gram of protein, and close to 70 milligrams of immunity-boosting Vitamin C.

Nutrition Facts for Native Persimmons

Nutrition Data: Native Persimmons Units 100 Grams 1 Fruit Without Refuse
Energy, Calories kcal 127 32
Protein g 0.80 0.20
Total lipid (fat) g 0.40 0.10
Ash g 0.90 0.22
Carbohydrate, by difference g 33.50 8.38
Calcium, Ca mg 27 7
Iron, Fe mg 2.50 0.62
Phosphorus, P mg 26 6
Potassium, K mg 310 78
Sodium, Na mg 1 0
Vitamin C mg 66.0 16.5
Vitamin B-12 µg 0.00 0.00
Cholesterol mg 0 0
Amino Acids
Tryptophan g 0.014 0.004
Threonine g 0.041 0.010
Isoleucine g 0.035 0.009
Leucine g 0.058 0.015
Lysine g 0.045 0.011
Methionine g 0.007 0.002
Cystine g 0.018 0.004
Phenylalanine g 0.036 0.009
Tyrosine g 0.023 0.006
Valine g 0.042 0.010
Arginine g 0.034 0.008
Histidine g 0.016 0.004
Alanine g 0.039 0.010
Aspartic acid g 0.079 0.020
Glutamic acid g 0.104 0.026
Glycine g 0.035 0.009
Proline g 0.031 0.008
Serine g 0.031 0.008

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