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As the fall leaves begin to turn (beta carotene by the way) it’s time to not forget to think in COLORS!

From lovely green beans to pumpkins to winter squash and my favorite persimmons!

Persimmons – Little Round Lanterns


Yes, I said persimmons. In my area this time of year as the leaves drop persimmon trees are filled with little golden lanterns. At sunset they glow. My son loves to ask can we stop and pick just a few.

The flesh, leaves and the stem can be very beneficial to the body. Meanwhile, the bright reddish fruit shaped like round Chinese lanterns are usually given as lucky presents to newlyweds to symbolize eternal love.

The Persimmons fruit is packed with cold yin energy hence serves as a potent medium in expelling pathogenic heat. This boasts of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, phosphorous, manganese, iodine and other important elements needed by the body. Persimmons is also rich in fiber and calories. Once fresh peel is applied to your face, it can help lighten and brighten the complexion.

Aside from the fruit, the leaves and stems used as tea can relieve hiccupps and coughing. Drinking persimmon leaf tea can also lower blood pressure and treat the hardening of the arteries. The tannins and flavonoids found in persimmon leaves have anti-hypertensive, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-mutagenic properties. The leaf also serves as a mild laxative to serve as an effective remedy for hemorrhoids and strengthens weak blood vessels including spider veins and varicose veins. Therefore, drinking the leaf could definitely help you in getting rid of your nasty hemorrhoid condition.

Persimmons can also help reduce allergic reactions. The leaf extract and its major flavonoid constituent, astragalin, acts as natural antihistamine which inhibits the release of the histamine. It also relieves the symptoms of dermatitis that could lessen inflammation and thickening of the skin. The astringent raw persimmon fruit is also used for constipation relief, gastro-intestinal irritation, dysentery, chronic diarrhea, ulceration of the bowel and stomach. Researches have it that the compounds in persimmon leaves bind to excess fat and help eliminate fat from the body.

So now that you know the great benefits of the persimmon what do you do with them.

We eat them raw. Though roasted seems like a natural direction.

Morgan Brownlow published this recipe

Roasted Persimmons Wrapped in Pancetta

  • ACTIVE: 25 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 20
  • FAST
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Ingredients

  1. 42 thin slices pancetta (about 1 1/4 pounds) or 21 slices bacon, halved crosswise
  2. 7 Fuyu persimmons, peeled, each persimmon cut into 6 wedges
  3. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. Balsamic vinegar, preferably aged at least 10 years

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Lay the pancetta on 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 3 minutes, or until softened. Transfer the pancetta to a large plate. Wipe off the baking sheets.
  2. Season the persimmons with salt and pepper and wrap each wedge with a slice of pancetta. Secure with toothpicks. Arrange the persimmons on the baking sheets. Bake 1 sheet at a time in the center of the oven for 4 minutes, or until the pancetta is crisp. Transfer to a platter, drizzle with the vinegar and serve.

Make Ahead

Wrap the persimmon wedges earlier in the day and refrigerate until ready to bake.

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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