Persimmons are a sweet and delicious fruit filled with vitamins and minerals. They contain anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-aging compounds. Persimmons are known to help soothe sore throats and irritated digestive tracts. They’re good for colds, constipation, viral infections and acid reflux.
Persimmon tea is a well known acid reflux remedy that can be made by combining 2 quarts of water, 3 cinnamon sticks, and 1/2 cup of thinly sliced fresh ginger into a pot and simmering for 30-60 minutes. When done, remove the cinnamon sticks & ginger from pot and add 1 cup of dried persimmons. Allow the dried persimmons to soak in tea and store entire mixture in the fridge for up to a week. Sip 1/2 cup of this liquid 1-3 times day to stop and prevent symptoms of acid reflux from reoccurring.
There are two popular varieties of persimmons: Hachiyas and Fuyus. Hachiya persimmons have a tear drop shape and must be fully ripe, almost to a pudding, jelly-like consistency before eating. When Hachiya persimmons are fully ripe, they are decadently sweet and are prized around the world for their flavor and health benefits. Fuyu persimmons are hard and crisp like an apple and they can be eaten out of hand or peeled and sliced into pieces. Fuyu persimmons are also delicious dried and are a chewy snack that can help curb your appetite while being packed with energy. Both varieties can be used in a bread recipe much like zucchini or bananas. They add nutritional and healing benefits to your diet.
Billie Nicholson, Editor
This month’s issue includes:
- During our conversations with Pearl Harbor Survivors, they continued to warn us of the importance of being prepared – on every level, from our national military down to each individual. During World War II, everyone sacrificed to insure that world peace would be restored.
- Mama’s Last Gift ~ Who would expect 33 year old jelly to be any good? The jelly was firm and no crystallization or mold was apparent. A taste test confirmed the goodness within.
- Preparing for a Pandemic ~ A pandemic is basically a global epidemic. Learn how to protect your family should a viral sickness begin to spread around the world.
- As you make your list and check it twice for holiday gifts, (even from-you-to-you gifts), check out our “Prepared Family Combo.”
- Deer hunting season is a highlight of the winter months. Here is our favorite recipe made in the Sun Oven®. Served with warm Artisan bread, this makes a hearty meal in any weather.
- Generosity during the holidays often includes contributions to food banks. Think about contributing something healthy in your Food Bank Contribution.