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Sharon Fruit

Sharon Fruit, Persimmon or Kaki fruit has much to commend it. They are high in beta carotine and minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium and iron, and studies have found that they also contain twice as much dietary fibre per 100g as apples, plus more of the phenolic compounds thought to ward off heart disease.

It also tastes delicious when eaten at the right moment. Produced mainly in China, Korea and Japan, but with varieties also found in America, southern Europe and even Britain where it is known as the date-plum and has been grown since 1629.