Yes, Persimmons CAN KILL YOU!

Are persimmons dangerous or are persimmons good for you? 

Believe it or not, but persimmons have killed people in the past and have sent hundreds to the hospital. It’s not because they’re toxic or poisonous either.

Instead, it’s because when they are unripe they have a unique chemical in their tissues that will aid in forming a food lump in the stomach, known as a phytobezoar, or specifically for persimmons – a diospyrobezoar. This chemical is called shibuol, and it’s a tannin found in the unripe astringent types of persimmons. I explain more about this in our weekly video about persimmons. You can also read all about the dangers and benefits of persimmons fruit here! 

Written by Rob Nelson

Rob is an ecologist from the University of Hawaii. He is the co-creator and director of Untamed Science. His goal is to create videos and content that are entertaining, accurate, and educational. When he's not making science content, he races whitewater kayaks and works on Stone Age Man.

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