Healthy Eating, Eat Smart, No more Diets…

persimmon fruit Carrots Oranges

Welcome to Tuesdays Eat Smart, Eat Healthy post…

This week I seem to be eating everything which is orange I discovered a lovely new flavour combination smoothie which is equal parts carrot and Oranges and it is very nice… A vibrant orange colour as you would expect but so nice…

I also had some lovely Papaya to use and as I was gifted 5 papayas and quite a few bananas meant it was a lovely banana and Papaya smoothie for breakfast the other morning.

My week has been a very Orange week…

Persimmon is in season and I have to admit not a fruit I had tasted… seen never tasted but this week we did my daughter-law hadn’t tasted it either so we bought some and it is lovely the texture of a crisp apple fairly sweet but very nice.

The persimmon is one of the classical fruits of China, from where it was introduced in ancient times to Japan. Mainly grown in China and Japan commercially but smaller growers have developed in Italy, Israel, Brazil, California (U.S.A.), Australia and New Zealand. In South-East Asia, it is grown on a limited scale in Java, Sumatra, Malaysia and Northern Thailand.

At present grown by hill tribe growers here in Northern Thailand. Production has been slow to cultivate and they are mostly sold as fresh fruit which is probably why by comparison with other fruits they are expensive.

Many of the hill tribes here are growers which operate under the Royal Project which was started to help the hill tribes. The Royal Project was initially established in 1969 by His Majesty King Bhumibol to support farmers in rural areas to plant crops instead of planting opium. Initially, it was a voluntary project cooperated by many famous universities in Thailand such as Kasetsart University, Maejo University, and Chiang-Mai University. Nowadays, the Royal Project has travelled throughout the country covering Chiang-Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Phayao, and Mae Hong Son we also have a Royal Project shop here in Udon Thani where produce is sold from these farmers all fruit and vegetables are sold in season and it is lovely because I can find unusual fruits and vegetables which cannot be found in larger stores although sometimes I get something once and then not again for a while they only stock what comes in rather than having the same regular deliveries which is nice…

It is also where I can get my proper Greek Yoghurt and not this greek style yoghurt which the other stores sell.

Persimmons can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked and are commonly used around the world in jellies, drinks, pies, curries and puddings. Which is probably why I have seen an increase in posts on Pinterest for persimmon recipes.

Now I have tried them I will also be trying a recipe or two so if you have any favourite recipes please share them with me 🙂

Persimmons are also a good source of thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), folate, magnesium and phosphorus.

These colourful fruits are low in calories and loaded with fibre, making them a weight loss-friendly food.

Aside from vitamins and minerals, persimmons contain a wide array of plant compounds, including tannins, flavonoids and carotenoids, which can positively impact your health.

The leaves of the persimmon fruit are also high in vitamin C, tannins and fibre, as well as a common ingredient in therapeutic teas.

So yes an Orange week all round for me… Plenty of vitamin C…

Has this week been a good week for you? Have you discovered a new food? If so please share with us how your healthy eating is progressing…

Just in case you missed it here is the link for the little calculation chart that Sally devised I find it really handy and I still have not eaten any biscuits with my morning cup of tea…

fat-accumulation-table SALLY

I also printed off Sally’s food shopping list and worked through it vitamin by vitamin and chose the foods which provided that vitamin or protection and made my own list of what I should be buying.

Then I drilled it down that out of the 40 items I took from Sally’s shopping list I always bought 22 of those items, next I looked at what I do buy but less often and that equated to 13 items which either I could only buy when they were in season or foods which I just don’t eat as often not because I don’t like them just because they are not always available or I prefer something else. The remainder I either cannot get here or are very expensive to buy as imported goods.

Enjoy your week and eat smart and healthily xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week




23 thoughts on “Healthy Eating, Eat Smart, No more Diets…

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  2. thebookwormdrinketh

    Great insight!! I haven’t had a persimmon in ages. They’re not super plentiful in my neck of the woods, but I definitely see them around from time to time. I’ll have to keep an eye out! And I’ll have to save this post for Sally’s chart. That definitely looks like it’ll come in handy!


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Believe it or not it didn’t start out that way I was going to do a post on breakfasts…My mind and fingers just sometimes take me in another directition. They have a mind of their own and I end up putting out a totally different post than planned…Which I suppose makes me a pantser 🙂 xxx

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  3. drtanya@saltedcaramel

    What a lovely bright orange post.
    Orange is such an autumnal colour.

    Persimmon has always been one of my favourite fruits.
    But I try to eat it sparingly because it is very sweet and I have always been under the impression that it is a high calorie fruit like mango.
    Could you please clear up this point for me?
    So I can enjoy my persimmon without feeling guilty.

    In my part of the world persimmon is also known as Japanese fruit or Prince fruit.

    I have just nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger award.

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  4. inesephoto

    I love reading about the healthy eating 😉 Persimmon fruit is one of my favorites. They come in different shapes and each tastes a bit different. I love them for their sweetness – they make a simple and light dessert.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It was the first time of eating for me and I have only seen the orange round ones here so far but I will be experimenting and trying a few recipes out as it was a lovely fruit 🙂 Thank you for joining the conversation I love hearing what everyone thinks of different fruits 🙂

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      1. inesephoto

        We have got two kinds – a bright orange, acorn shaped one, that has to literally disintegrate to be considered ripe. I love them most, but they are rare. The others are the varieties of the one in your picture. They are the sweetest, but the skin is quite hard. Love them all though 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I hope you get to try it Miriam it was a first for me I hope you can find some to try there are apparently different types I have only seen the orange round one hear so far 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      A first for me, Sally and they are very similar to an apple but apparently there are different types which I haven’t seen here yet but am going to try some recipes out…I hope you can find some to try …Thank you for the reblog , Sally 🙂 xxx

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