Trees get undressed and they turn orange

“Orange is the happiest color” – Frank Sinatra

With the forwarding of the autumn, trees get undressed and little by little nature turns into spectacular warm shades. Among these the orange, warm color between red and yellow, connected to vitality, energy, optimism and sun. Not surprisingly, in crystal therapy it is used against depression, as it seems to help in making people more optimistic and extrovert.

Orange is the color of persimmon, also called “Japan Lotus” for its origins and its presentation: usually open in slices as a lotus flower, precisely. Persimmon is the fruit of the homonymous tree, which arrived in Europe around the end of the VIII Century from Asiatic continent. Initially it was used only for ornamental purposes, but France and Italy after a couple of centuries began the cultivation becoming among the first producers.

One of the different names given to this plant is that of “peace tree” as, in August 1945, some samples survived the bombardment of Nagasaki.

It is a plant easy to cultivate and with multiples benefits, so much that another one of its known names is the one of “tree of the seven virtues” for the following reasons:

  • It is a really enduring tree
  • It gives a large shadow ready to offer a pleasant refreshment
  • Birds build gladly chests on it
  • It is resistant to parasites
  • It decorates autumn with magnificent yellow-red shades with its leafs
  • The wood is a perfect combustible
  • The fallen leafs are an efficient fertilizer for the field

The fruit of the persimmon contains a lot of potassium, beta-carotene, criptoxantina and a good dose of vitamin C. Being energetic, it is suggested for children, athletes and who is passing a period of tiredness. It is really useful for who suffers of illnesses connected to the liver and it has laxative and diuretic properties.

Persimmon has two main kinds: the vanilla-persimmon (also known as persimmon apple), sugary and with the pulp compact and hard, and the persimmon “spider”, particularly adapted for the warmer regions.

At the AbanoRitz we serve daily the persimmon of our territory: open as a lotus flower with or without ice-cream or mixed on a layer on mascarpone mousse. Cheesecake with a spoon is also excellent with a base of Amaretti chopped with chestnut cream and then the blended persimmon with a pinch of cinnamon. Full of recipes to discover: come to visit us!

Here a little curiosity: according to popular traditions, it is possible to predict how winter will be through the seeds of persimmon. Dividing it vertically in two and looking at the shape of the bud inside:

  • Fork: we will have a mild winter, little snowy;
  • Knife: it will be a biting winter, deeply cold, windy and few rainy;
  • Spoon: we will have a mild winter, but really snowy.

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