Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I'm mad about orange stuff...

persimmon
I've been looking over my eating habits for the past couple weeks and I've noticed a very large increase in my craving and consumption of orange foods. In particular are oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash/pumpkin and persimmons. Especially persimmons. I'm currently addicted to persimmons. I mean I'm seriously craving them. I walked four miles yesterday just to get some. I'm eating three or four a day and twitching for more.

So what's in those persimmons that's making a persimmon junkie? I figure they must be high in beta-carotene as they're orange. But what else? Can I OD on persimmons?

I found this neat site that will give the full nutritional breakdown on many foods, including persimmons.

So what have they got? Well they're high in vitamin K (whatever that is), A, E and omega 6. Also high in phosphorus, manganese and potassium.

But which one of these things is my body craving??

I've even been online to find out if I can grow my own persimmon tree in Australia. Imagine my glee when I find, I can. I may become a persimmon orchardess.

13 comments:

Jolea said...

That is so cute! Orchardess! I hope you do!:)

Overboard said...

You and me both.
In Japan during this time of year persimmons suddenly appear out of nowhwere. You don't even have to buy them cos everybody seems to wake up with heaps of them at the bottom of their beds each morning and then it's a free for all and boy do we get sick of them eventually, can't give em away, and then all of a sudden, they are gone.
Just like that.
And you recall just how lucky you were to have had so many of them dropping onto your desk and doorstep for a month or two and you can't wait for them to suddenly appear again.
I guess this will be my last persimmon year for a long time, so I better make use of it.

Overboard said...

p. fuck being an orchardess. Get growing some vines.

KayakNej said...

Everyone here has apple, pear and cherry trees. Think how fun it will be to tell your friends that you grow persimmons. :-)

Lyvvie said...

I'm having far too much fun saying "Orchardess" in a Welsh accent to throw it away for vines. Besides, wine should be cheap in Oz, and I'd want concord grapes. I'm not sure concord grapes make nice wine. Makes awesome grape jelly though. I can smell this garden already.

Concord grapes and persimmons.

Oh yes.

Lyvvie said...

I'd love me some cherry trees too, Kay. But I know I'd eat so many I'd give myself the trots. Done it many times. Addicted. (Says the woman who confesses: I don't like fruit.)

KayakNej said...

Over eating cherries....makes me think of the movie The Witches of Eastwick. Leave it to Jack Nicholson to star in a movie that makes eating cherries truly disturbing. :-)

Ree said...

The only thing about persimmons is that they don't ripen until after the first freeze, right?

At least, I think that's what we had to do when we tried to make persimmon wine. It wasn't good.

Maja said...

num num

Jomamma said...

When we lived in Oklahoma a bazillion years ago, my mom and I were driving to town and she spotted a persimmon tree on the side of the road, she swerved off into the bar ditch doing about 30mph and did a Starsky and Hutch side skid to a stop. She jumped out and ran screaming to the fence, scared two horses that were minding their own business eating the persimmons out of the tree. She started picking all the persimmons she could reach, yelling at me to keep the horses away and watch for any oncoming passersby. She picked all she could reach, conned me into climbing on a barbed wire fence to pick some and then wanted to go get a ladder for the rest. My mom, needless to say, LOVED persimmons. I don't know what all the fuss is over, they make my mouth feel like it's puckering... nasty.

Roxrocks said...

*sheepishly admits...

I've never had a persimmon.

tornwordo said...

My dad had a persimmon tree for a while. It was so big, we had to use a big pole contraption thing to get the fruit. Once it falls, it's too late. I just loved them but rarely get the chance now. When are we moving to Australia again?

Dingo said...

I've never had a persimmon but I sat next to someone in law school who at them all the time. All. The. Time. During class, exams, study groups. Now persimmons remind me of three of the most stressful years of my life and I break into hives at the sight of them.

That being said, I've been on an orange kick as well. I scored a bag of candy corn yesterday. Orange M&M's, mac& cheese. Yum, orange!