Persimmons

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Persimmons“Is that a tomato?”

That’s what I asked the produce guy a few weeks ago after discovering a persimmons. I never heard of such a thing! So, I did what I always do. I threw it in the cart, came home and surfed the web for any information I could find.

Discovering they are bitter when unripe, I let mine sit on the windowsill for a few days. Honestly, I forgot about it for almost a week until I look up when washing the dishes.

Persimmons 2I ended up cutting it for dessert one day. Expecting the fruit to look like a tomato on the inside, I was surprised. It was fairly solid, similar to the flesh of the tomato but more firm and with no slimy seed area.

The toddler wasn’t too impressed with my produce pick and I can understand why, it seemed like an adult fruit to me. Almost as if the flavor was too complex for him. It was sweet, but complex, if that makes any sense?!?

So this is where I look to you for some guidance. Have you eaten a persimmon? Do you use them in any recipes? I’m not sure I would buy them again but everything is at least worth a try once!

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  1. Carrie

    I buy them all the time. However if you can find the Japanese persimmons they taste better. They are not as “tomato” shaped. They more are like the shape of a peach. Their flesh isn’t as firm and they just taste better. Normally i just cut them in 1/2 and scoop out the flesh. They are also really good if you freeze them. They end up with the texture of granita (sp).

  2. Nicole

    They make excellent cookies! I don’t have my grandmother’s recipe but I’m on the lookout for a good one. I think, as cookies go, they are fairly light. I’ll let you know when I find a good one :-)

  3. Billie

    My parents live in Florida and used to have a persimmon tree. My mom used them all the time. She made a persimmon loaf, which I would compare to a banana nut bread kind of thing.
    You’re so good with vegetables and pumpkin, I’ll bet you could figure out how to substitute the persimmon for pumpkin in a muffin recipe. It might only be advantageous, though, to someone who lives where persimmons are plentiful.
    Billie

  4. roni

    Thanks Guys!! I love asking a questions and getting lots of good feedback.

    Nicole – Cookies? Really? Hmmmm interesting, I must search!

    Preeti – Thanks so much for link! Awesome!

  5. Bonita

    I have had them before and just eat them as a fruit like you did. We haven’t cooked them before. Just let them get pretty ripe. I can see, too, why your toddler would not have liked it.

  6. noelle Taylor

    I like the firm ones just sliced like that. If you slice it horizontally, you get a nice little star shape in the middle. My kids and I would eat them all the time when we lived in Cali and our neighbor would load us up with them. We just ate them plain like melon or apple slices.

    I don’t like the Japanese ones that are mushy. Those are the ones that cookies, breads and jams are made from…not the firm ones like you had. They are very different in texture, but not a lot of difference in flavor.

  7. Allison

    I was looking at pomegranates in the market yesterday and realized I was too afraid to buy them, but when I see them in pictures I think they look good. Have you tried them before, or has anyone else on here tried them? I was trying to be gutsy and look at new produce and it didn’t work out so well :)

  8. roni

    I looked at them the other day too!! But I put them back. I’ll tell you what. This weekend I will pick some up and do a produce pick. Maybe we can get others to share their experiences with them!

  9. Sandra

    Allison,

    I haven’t tried a persimmons, but DEFINITELY try pomegranates. I used to just decorate with them, but finally tried them in a fruit salad when I was at a friend’s place. They are AMAZING, sweet and yummy. Because they are these little juicy seeds inside that you eat, they are kind of like a ‘fiddle food’. You know, one that can keep your hands busy while watching television. My kids LOVE pomegranetes!

  10. Julia

    Great Blog
    We love pomegranetes, I put the seeds in little containers for DD to take to school, put them in salads and snack on them as is.

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