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Love persimmons or new to the fruit? This collection showcases a variety of sweet and savory recipes for using this wonderful fall fruit.
One of my favorite fruits to enjoy in late fall and winter is the persimmon.
These bright orange fruits are so wonderfully sweet and fragrant!
They’re delicious not only eaten alone, but they’re also wonderful in a wide range of recipes.
Read on to learn more about persimmons and find out ways to use them.
What are persimmons?
Persimmons are a sweet orange fruit that grows across many parts of Asia, South America, and the United States.
This fruit has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, and after tasting the tangy-sweet flavor it’s not hard to understand why it has spread around the world.
Persimmons resemble tomatoes, but they are actually berries that grow on shrubby trees.
Persimmons ripen in the fall, with the fruit harvest lasting into winter. This makes them a great fruit for holiday dishes!
The most commonly available persimmons in the United States are the Fuyu and Hachiya varieties.
Fuyu persimmons are smaller than Hachiya and look more like squat tomatoes. Hachiya persimmons are larger, more elongated, and have a bit of a point at the end.
Both persimmons have red-orange skin and flesh when ripe. Fuyu persimmons can be eaten firm or slightly soft, and are excellent for slicing.
However, Hachiya persimmons are astringent and must be fully ripe and soft, almost mushy, before they can be eaten.
How to prepare persimmons for cooking
Persimmons should be ripe before using. If your persimmons are not quite ripe, they can be stored at room temperature until ripened.
Cold temperatures make persimmons sweeter! You can speed up the ripening process by freezing your persimmons in a plastic freezer bag until solid. Thaw at room temperature.
Ripe fruit should be stored in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.
Persimmons do not need to be peeled before eating. However, if you only want to use the persimmon flesh, the easiest way to prepare them is to cut the persimmons in half and scoop the flesh out with a spoon or melon baller.
Depending on what persimmon recipes you want to make, you can decide which method is best for you.
Breakfast persimmon recipes
Side dish persimmon recipes
Persimmon salad recipes
Dessert persimmon recipes
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