It is the season of Japanese apples, which are also known in the world under the name kaki apples. It originates from Asia, and in China its fruit has been known as a medicinal fruit for more than 2000 years. Kaki, or persimmon, is a tree native to China that produces sweet or sour fruits depending on when it is harvested.
Among the varieties known as 'kaki mela' or 'apple kaki', their tannin content is low. Kaki are nearly fat free and have a high water content, so they’re perfect for people with high cholesterol. They not only serve as a sweet and tasty treat, but have a wealth of health benefits, including the ability to improve eye health, reduce signs of aging, prevent various types of cancer, improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, reduce cholesterol, strengthen bones, and lower blood pressure.
Furthermore, Japanese apples can help your body heal faster, aid in weight loss, reduce inflammation, and improve blood circulation throughout the body.
Rich with vitamins
The Japanese apple is rich in numerous vitamins, especially vitamin A, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene and cryptoxanthin.
These vitamins act as antioxidants in the body to reduce oxidative stress and prevent premature aging such as wrinkles, age spots, Alzheimer's disease, fatigue, vision loss, muscle weakness and a number of other conditions.
A team of Japanese researchers has published a study that supports the protective potential of a certain type of polyphenol found in the skin of Japanese apples, which plays a key role against oxidative damage in the aging process.
Japanese apples can be eaten fresh, dried, raw or cooked, which changes the taste, but they are mostly sweet and soft. If allowed to fully ripen, the flesh (the inside of the Japanese apple) can almost be scooped out with a spoon.
The Japanese apple tree looks especially beautiful in late autumn when all the leaves fall, and the fruits remain on the branches as the most beautiful decoration. One kaki apple tree produces up to 200 kilograms of fruit, and on the foreign market one fruit is paid for several euros.