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Persimmon Tea Eases Acid Reflux

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Q. A while ago I read about persimmon tea for acid reflux. I suffer from time to time, but my husband suffers constantly. It is so bad that he wakes up almost every night and throws up! Prilosec, Nexium and a host of other drugs along with extra strength Gaviscon or Pepcid do nothing.

I made the persimmon tea. He drank a shot glass full the first morning and a shot glass after supper. From day one, he has slept soundly, and so have I. Nothing he eats now has caused him heartburn since we made it. The recipe was simple, though we did have trouble finding persimmons at first.

We just found out our insurance will no longer cover any of his expensive acid-suppressing drugs, so we are extra grateful!

A. We first heard about persimmon punch, a concentrated cinnamon-ginger drink, early in 2005. A woman wrote that she had tried it in a Korean restaurant and found that it stopped her heartburn. She made some at home and added 3 tablespoons to her tea morning and evening. After several months, her cholesterol and blood sugar were also lower.

We looked for a recipe for persimmon punch and found one posted by Hyungshin Song on the Food Network Web site: Combine 2 quarts of water, ½ cup of thinly sliced fresh ginger and 3 cinnamon sticks. Simmer for ½ hour. Strain the liquid and stir in 1 and ½ cup sugar and 1 cup of sliced dried persimmons. Keep refrigerated.

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I have wanted to try but can't find Persimmons!! Can someone help me!

With reference to persimmon tea for acid reflux, I have contacted every nutritional/herbal store in our area & no one carries persimmon tea or dried persimmons or knows where I could purchase them. Do you have any suggestions?

I've never seen persimmon tea or dried persimmon but my neighborhood in Queens, NY sells fresh ones.

I, too, have been trying to find persimmons in North Carolina with no luck. My husband and neighbor both suffer from acid reflux/GERD. Help.

When I began using Prevacid for heartburn, the cost was reasonable and covered. The last Rx of 30 tabs was $379 (which dumped me in the donut hole) and with my doc's blessing switched, alternatively, with prilosec. It was doing so well, switched to just prilosec and now just 3-4 days/week, 30 min before dinner.

BUT ... while trying to stretch out the prevacid, I realized I'm a big nighttime snacker ... wondered if I eliminated the fatty and sweet things, it would make a difference ... did it ever. Hardly ever wake up with reflux and have lost 20#. Hummm ... maybe there's some wisdom there.

The Republic of tea brand tea makes a white tea with persimmon in it. It's delicious but may not contain enough persimmon to help.

If anyone finds a source for dried
persimmons, I would like to be notified. It sounds like it just may work.

Could not find at health food stores or Trader Joe's. But I just purchase some Premium Persimmon Herbal Tea at (15 tea bags PLUS 3 free ones for less than $6.00 INCLUDING shipping). I wish you luck!

I would like to know where I can purchase persimmon punch. I could not find it on the food network

I also tried all the local health/natural food stores to no avail for the persimmons. I finally found them in a local Asian food store in my town. Apparently, everyone else figured this out too-they are having trouble keeping them stocked now!

Placer County, California is famous for its dried Persimmons. Japanese farmers began producing hoshigaki in the early 1900's. Dried persimmons are called hoshigaki and are produced in-season by several growers in the area. Persimmon season begins in October and is over by the end of November.
To learn more check out Phone: 916 791 1656

Where can I find persimmons in the buffalo New york area?

Paulette V.

Recently purchased dried persimmons online at They came within a few days and are perfect.

wilderness ventutes lists freeze dryed persimmons as one of there fruits for sale.
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I just did a search for "dried persimmons" and several sites came up. has organic dried persimmons (and almost any other fruit anyone could want). I think I'll try this persimmon tea because I have a real problem with acid reflux, but have no health insurance now; so no medication for it. has dried persimmons and many other fruits and veggies. They ship all over the US and have a Store Finder feature on their website to look up local stores that carry their products. Looks like they list two stores in Buffallo, NY.

Try taking over the counter acidopholis for upset stomach gerd etc. It is easy to find in vitamin sections of food and drug stores and not expensive.

I believe Yogi Teas has a Stomach-Ease tea which uses fennel seed and other ingredients. Ginger itself is great for tummy troubles -- I drink a little bit (6 oz.) of Reed's ginger beer (which also has pineapple juice) every night for digestive health -- it really does the trick! Chamomile tea is another good alternative -- Celestial Seasonings just came out with some more Sleepytime varieties which include that. Peppermint tea is also good if you don't mind the cool rush and it's definitely stimulative, and don't use if you have a hiatal hernia. I'll have to check Amazon for the persimmon tea. Hope this helps!

Are you sure about the recipe? I mixed up a batch of punch from some persimmons I had dried last fall. That was 3 days ago. The persimmons are getting awfully mushy in the punch and little pieces are beginning to float around in the punch. Should they be strained out? Only using 6 tablespoons a day, this punch will be hard cider before I finish!!!


We found dried persimmons at "New Seasons" grocery in their Bulk dried fruit section.

I checked out a recipe for persimmon tea and it stated to strain out the persimmons after steeping for 2 hours. Then to refrigerate it.

How much tea do you drink each day?

What time of day should you drink the Persimmon Punch for acid reflux and do you eat the persimmons in the punch?

In the triangle area (Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill) of North Carolina, you can find dried persimmons at Grand Asia Market (1253 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, NC 27606, 919-468-2988) in the frozen food section. Take I-440 exit 101B or I-40 exit 293A to Buck Jones Road. Grand Asia Market is located at the back of South Hills Mall, facing the highway.

Since this article was published in our local paper, the News and Observer, we have had tons of customers looking all over town for persimmons, eventually finding their way to us. If you have persimmons, you may want to leave a comment for your local market, too, to help people find this very special and beneficial fruit!

In the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina, I found dried persimmons in the frozen food section of Grand Asia Market, in Cary.

Whole Foods has dried persimmons. The brand is "Just Persimmons." They have other dried fruits and vegetables also under the same "Just ___" name.

To all the recent posts form NC- is the persimmon tea working to reduce your reflux? I am allergic to oranges and kumquats- would this be a problem with persimmons?

Thanks for anyone's help!


I ordered dried persimmons, Turkish apricots and domestic dried apricots on Wednesday and they were delivered on Friday. Lovely people to deal with - very knowledgeable. The fruit is simply delicious. I have been snacking on the persimmons until I can get some fresh ginger. The Peoples Pharmacy seems to have the best recipe. Yippee ! ! ! ! no more Prevacid.

The mixture works well, I have been awakened nights and suffered sometimes daily for several years. A couple ounces of this tea and it settles right down. No cure but I suspect in time, maybe. Stress is always a factor I believe and that must be dealt with also.

In the Portland Or. area, Whole Foods carries it dried in bulk foods. Strain out solids after simmering. Cut above recipe in half or more and store in refrigerator no more than a week. Works great! Bye-Bye Big Pharm!

I live in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and have a few trees with wild persimmons that are significantly smaller than the medium tomato-sized ones available in stores in the Fall. Could these be used instead of the dried persimmons brought from the west coast? My understanding is that the larger ones are hybrids of the wild persimmons.

I would appreciate your thoughts on this.



I would like to try this persimmon treatment. I just wonder if there is a variation that doesn't include a bunch of sugar that would work? Also, what about fresh persimmons (they are on sale at Publix right now).


I'm using "Just Persimmons" dried from Whole Foods. I did not like the idea of using sugar and excluded it from my recipe.

Informed three friends, who also have GERD, and they chose not to use sugar, as well. We're fine with it and grateful for Persimmon Tea.

I get organic dried persimmons at, they seem to have the best prices and service - at least that I've found. They also have a wide selection of other dried fruits. I haven't tried the tea myself but a friend said she had and it seemed to be helping.

For Acid Reflux, try 2-4 TB of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (with The 'Mother') mixed with 1 tsp baking soda, then add 8 oz water. Drink this every morning and night. It's a tried and true potion.

Can I use Splenda instead of sugar? Or just leave the sugar out?

Also, must the ginger be fresh? can it be dried/power? If so, how much?

Thanks for the information you publish. Like you, I, as an RN, prefer natural to prescriptions with side effects.



I got some persimmon white tea from the Republic of Tea website.

You can find dried persimmons at any Korean grocery store, though they tend to be sold seasonally during the autumn and winter after harvest. Although dried, they may be harder to find during the warmer months, as dried persimmons are associated with the holidays - just like cranberries in the U.S.

The 'normal' season for Persimmons is early November through January, according to our local Whole Foods Mgr. My guess is that sugar would aggravate the GERD problem. Therefore, if you can use fresh - then make a batch with fresh and take some more of the fresh to cut and freeze-dry it yourself. Getting off to that sort of start should offer greater success, if there is to be any validity in this recipe.

Try khaki fruit. It is the same as persimmon. Ginger and cinnamon mixture is called persimmon punch.

This is January, Portland, OR, and stores around here have fresh persimmons. I slice them thinly (2-3 mm thick) and just dry them myself. Used pie pan and warm oven.

Got the hyanel hernia, got the acid reflux, got the nexium (ouch!$), got the persimmons, got the tea - now what? How much should one take and when? First day yesterday. Did about 1/2 cup in the morning and then a shot glass after dinner and before bed. Did not have to take any nexium (yeah).

Today I've started with a shot glass and will see how it goes, but was wondering if there was any more advice on amount and timing, or does one just play it by ear? I find the persimmons dried to taste almost fig like so I did not add any sugar and it doesn't need it - very pleasant taste.

Also did not have 1/2 cup of fresh ginger so I used about a tablespoonful of dried. Thanks if you have any more info, if not, I hope this helps others.

I just sliced about ten persimmons I had left in my tree and dried them in a magic chef drier I almost got rid of. the persimmons dried very well after several hours. I love to eat them, and drying them enhanced the flavor. I will certainly make this tea.

I just got back from an appointment with a GI doctor, and he said to take ginger and cinnamon tea. I googled it and landed here. I wonder if you even need persimmons at all? I'm going to try plain ginger and cinnamon without the persimmons and sugar.

As to where to find persimmons, I looked at the health food stores and everyplace I could think of, but finally found fresh persimmons at Wal-Mart in their grocery. These may be only available seasonally as none of the WalMarts in my area seem to have any now. But since the Cinnamon seems to be the "active" ingredient, I simply bought dried Mangos and used them the same way. The taste is similar, since the ginger and the cinnamon are rather strong. Seems to work just as well as the first 2 batches I made with persimmons.


Most asian markets carry dried persimmons. If you live in the Triangle area, both Grand asia in Cary and a Korean grocery shop in Durham (opposite Sam's club and Super Target) sell dried persimmons. I must attest that my dad who have suffered from reflux for over 2-3 years and have been taking Nexium is totally off his medication ever since he started drinking this tea!! It's amazing so I hope you'll find the persimmons soon.

I ordered dried persimmons from Including shipping, it cost $23 or so for a 1# bag but 1# has a lot of persimmons slices. Additionally, larger bags are available and that would bring the overall per pound price down. sent the order out quickly and the site was easy to navigate.

This is a surprise for me! When I heard on air that Persimmon tea helps with acid reflux, I wanted to get the recipe to give to a friend who suffers from it for a long time. Well, when I found this posting, though, I was nothing short of shocked at discovering what you are talking about is the Korean traditional dessert drink!

I am a Korean and I know very well of what this punch is and how strongly it must be brewed of ginger and cinnamon let alone being super sweet! As for the persimmon, well, for this tea/punch, the dried fruit is merely a condiment as something to chew within the drink. It is why its added the last and not 'brewed', just before being served, to compliment the spice of ginger and cinnamon and to give the drink the significance of being a dessert. hmm... given this background information that I know, I think I will tell my friend to brew ginger and cinnamon to drink and also to lower the sugar amount since she is diabetic.

For those of you who are still interested in buying dried persimmon, go visit your neighborhood Korean grocer and you will surely find it. I live in Raleigh, NC and I buy dried persimmons all the time since I personally love them so much!

We found a great company to get dried persimmons from: JUST PERSIMMON Box 807 Westley,CA 95387 (209)894-5371

I found persimmons in a oriental/korean food store in PA, and in Atlanta Ga. Look for see if you have this supermarkets in your area: ASIS (or something like that). You can find them frozen, and also tea. You can also check or ask in a korean restaurant, they may know where to find it.

I just bought some persimmons LEAVES tea from a Korean supermarket - 25bags in a box for $2.99. I wounder whether there is persimmons tea made of persimmons fruit itself and not persimmons LEAVES. Since Cinnamon is another natural product that helps with acid reflux I have added cinnamon sticks to the brew and made sure to strain it before drinking it. I used it yesterday and today it seems to work to control my acid reflux.

Just a word of caution the cinnamon that is commonly found in the market is not the real cinnamon and if used excessively it could have adverse effect on your health - see Wikipedia The following is a quote from the above link:
Real cinnamon is "native to Sri Lanka,[1] or the spice obtained from the tree's bark. It is often confused with other, similar species and the spices derived from them, such as Cassia and Cinnamomum burmannii, which are often called cinnamon too."

Where can I buy persimmon tea?

Don't use peppermint tea for acid reflux. It relaxes the muscle at the bottom of your esophagus and the acid rushes back up. Use persimmon, ginger, chamomile and licorice teas.

I purchased dried persimmons from my health food store.Sunseed CO-Op, Inc
6615 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cape Canaveral,FL 32920
ph: 321-784-0930

They purchased the dried persimmons from a company called
Just Tomatoes
Box 807 Westley, CA 95387
ph: 800-537-1985

Itoo suffer from Reflux and made my first batch a few weeks ago; however, after a week, it had lost its potency. i am currently making another batch but cut the recipe in half.I am also hypoglycemic so I used Splenda in the first batch but am using Stevia in this batch.

Thank you People's Pharmacy for this recipe and all of your other natural remedies.

Karen Tantillo
Merritt Island, FL 32953

p.s. If you have any other suggestions for Acid Reflux,I would appreciate any information yu can provide

You can purchase dried persimmon at a Chinese grocery store.

Find a Korean market and they will have dried persimmon. In the winter they will be in the frozen section, the rest of the year usually in produce dept.

I too have occasional acid reflux, I found this to be most helpful as I just picked a bucket of the fruit off my tree. I will be trying it as we speak.
I pulped the fruit skin and all and froze the containers. The persimmon tree grows wild in TN.

Persimmons are sold in asian groceries stores in cold seasons. This is the time that persimmons are cheapest. I just bought 69cents/lbs from the Ranch 99. There are 2 kinds of persimmons. I don't remember the name of each but I like both. The one that you have picture here has something sticky left in the mouth after eating. I dried them with my dehydrator and it's gone. I dried them both. Thanks for the recipe. I have bought a lot and I will dry them all for the recipe.

What a great find - interesting to see that the recipe also seems to be similar to Korean traditional dessert tea.

I am so excited to try this recipe. Our 13 year old daughter has been taking Lansopazole and Omeprezole for almost 2 years. While they have worked to control her acid reflux, I am really concerned about the potential side effects of these drugs - especially on someone so young. Thank you Joe and Terry! The People's Pharmacy is an invaluable source of sound information.

I just got a bag of dried sliced persimmons from Asian Market in Durham NC (Google it) near Foster's Market. They cost $2.59 for 10 oz.
I am not using much sugar. Hope it works.

Have you tried chewing DGL tablets or sipping lemon water throughout the day to quell acid reflux? Either of those remedies helps me tremendously. has dried persimmons at a very reasonable price.

How much do you drink a day? and when?


What are DGL tablets?

Persimmons are hard to get outside of asia.
I live in Korea and take Persimmon leaf tea for that has all of the benefits of the fruit without the fuss of peeling and cutting. I take it to reduce cholesterol and clean out my arteries. Yes, recent research at Gyeongnam University has proven that it is effective at this, too!

Think of it as a kind or 'drain cleaner' I strongly recommend it - and it tastes great too.

Get her off the drugs! I have been on them with horrible side effects. Better to try anything naturally!!!

To handle acid reflux I used Nexium and Omeprazole capsules for several years before switching to eating persimmons – check the following link for the various types of persimmons In California, Washington state and Oregon, fresh persimmons is available (Nov, Dec, Jan) at all Asian, Middle Eastern countries super markets and even Costco.

Another alternative is a drink in the form of persimmons leaf tea (available in Asian super markets) with added Ceylon cinnamon (see In addition to eating persimmons and/or drinking persimmons/cinnamon tea it is important to stop what causes acid reflux in the first place - the persimmons/cinnamon will not do the job alone.

Some of the drinks and foods that cause acid reflux are all alcoholic/soda beverages, regular tea, coffee, citruses (oranges, tangerines and lemons), chocolate, mint, tomatoes, green or red paper, fried food and red meat. Avoid all spicy food in general. It is worth mentioning that if acid reflux is not handled properly (stopped) there is the possibility of developing, among other things, what is known as “Barrett’s Syndrome” .

Dried persimmons can be purchased at

To Hannah....Thank you for saying this. I read that Persimmon Tea was a mixture of cinnamon and ginger too. I believe you are correct that the Persimmons are a last minute add-in. Does anyone have the recipe for this Korean tea?

I would like to know what portions of cinnamon and ginger are used. And if there is a specific type of cinnamon that should be used.

Hey Hannah! I live in Raleigh, too.

I just went out and bought a nice supply of dried persimmons from the Korean market on the corner of Pleasant Valley and Duraleigh. Thanks for the background information about the nature of the drink as a desert drink. Very interesting.


What is the correct way to brew persimmon tea or ginger tea and what kind of cinnamon?

If you have a korean supermarket near you they have frozen and dry persimmons and possible persimmon tea. Most of large cities have these supermarkets. N.Y., Philadelphia, Atlanta etc..

I bought dried Persimmons from Local Harvest Stores found on web site.
If you already tried this tea I hope it worked for you. I have had the acid trouble for years and at soon to be 78 it's about time I found a non prescription fix.

Trader joes has dried persimmons also Asian markets

I found dried persimmon at Whole Foods in the produce department.

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