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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Fruits and vitamins - a healthy choice: The Kaki or Persimmon

Dear readers,

sometimes I feel like the Enterprise - always excitedly on the quest for new, interesting food, recipes, vitamins etc. And sometimes in my universe an unexpected little star comes flying by and enlightens my nutritionist horizon. As happened a few days ago when a friend of mine introduced me to a fruit I did not know so far: The persimmon or kaki fruit! It does not just always have to be oranges and apples! YAY! Maybe you did not know them, either, so have a look at this:

They say it looks a bit like a tomato...well...anyway, I think it looks nice and it tastes nice! Plus it has a loooot to offer:

A firm kaki you can just eat like an apple. A soft, very mature one you can spoon out like a kiwi. Buy firm ones, you can keep them in the fridge for about 2 weeks. 

Kakis contain a lot of bioactive ingredients, like fibre, iron, Vitamin C, A and B  and a lot of carotinoides. These substances neutralize those ugly free radicals and can thus protect you from arteriosclerosis and cancer. 

A kaki covers your complete daily need of carotinoids (great for me, I do not eat any carrots!). 

Apart from just washing them, cutting them up and eating them like apples you could puree them and use them for cremes or make a quick dessert putting them through a nice thick Greek yogurt. Also, they are very nice in light, exotic meals with curry.

I found the following recipe, which I find absolutely delicious:

Red snapper with Sharon fruits (= Kaki)

For 2 persons you need:

2 red snapper filets (a 150g)
Salt and Pepper
1,5 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Kaki (a 150g)
10g butter
1/2 small onion
1/2 small cornichons (40g)
250ml vegetable stock 
100g low fat creme fraiche

Wash the fish fillets and dry them with tissues. Season them with salt, pepper and oil and pan fry them for about 4 minutes from both sides. Put them on a plate and keep them warm.

Wash and clean the kaki fruit, cut it into slices. Chop the onion and cornichons. Bring stock to a boil. Meanwhile heat butter in a pan and fry the onion until golden. Add cornichons. Slowly add stock, allow liquid to boil down a bit. Add kaki slices, bring to a boil and simmer for very few minutes. In the end add creme fraiche and serve with the fish fillets. 

Along with the dish you can serve some jasmin or basmati rice.

Maybe this is a nice dish to serve at one of your christmas get-togethers! 

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