The Perfectly Pleasant Persimmon

Persimmons are definitely one of the benefits of autumn in California. A fruit that manyPersimmons have never even heard of, this delicious, orange delicacy is most commonly found in two varieties, the heart shaped Hachiya and the flat-bottomed Fuyu. The Hachiyas can be a little dangerous; they need to be very ripe before eating (otherwise your mouth will go numb for a few minutes). The Fuyus, however, once softened a bit make a delicious snack, raw or cooked.

Below are a few recipes found on a search using our Santa Clara County Library online newspaper and magazine collection. We also have cookbooks that will show you different ways to creatively use persimmons this fall. Just be sure to save us a bite!

Persimmon-Blue Cheese Quesadilla
Serves 4

Ingredients –
Four 8-inch whole-grain tortillas
4 oz soft blue cheese such as Gorgonzola
2 ripe Hachiya persimmons, peeled and chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped watercress

File:Quesadilla1.jpgDirections –

Spread each tortilla with 1 oz blue cheese. Divide chopped persimmons among tortillas. Arrange ¼ cup watercress over persimmons, and fold tortillas. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Place two quesadillas in skillet and cook 2-3 minutes per side, or until crisp. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Transfer quesadillas to cutting board and cut into wedges with sharp knife or pizza cutter.

(From Vegetarian Times, November 2012)

 

Elizabeth Benno’s Grilled Persimmon Bruschetta
Serves 4

Ingredients –

½ cup fresh goat cheese
2 T parsley, chopped
1 nearly ripe Hachiya persimmon or 2 Fuyu persimmons
2 slices rustic white bread, cut 1-inch thick
1 clove garlic, halved
3 T extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions –Sharon Fruit / Persimmon Fruit

In a small bowl, combine the cheese, 1 T of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the parsley, and reserve. Cut off the stem end of the persimmon and slice the fruit into wedges. Season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on grill over medium heat and char the slices on both sides. Reserve. Drizzle the bread with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper, then grill both sides. Remove from grill, and rub one side of each slice of bread with garlic. Spread goat-cheese mixture over each slice and top with grilled persimmon.

(From New York Magazine, January 2011)

Comments

Yum - persimmons great in Oatmeal

Thanks for the post! I am a persimmon newbie and appreciate the links and recipe.

I have tried persimmons with cinnamon - cooked with my oatmeal ... Yummy and easy.

Keep up the great posts, Hylary!

Thank you!

I love persimmons and didn't even know they existed until I moved to California! They make a great baby food puree, too! Thanks, Lauren!

Perfect Persimmon Post

This is a really wonderful post. I love the link to the e-resources on persimmons. Really cool to think of using those in this way. I also want to try some of these recipes, although I'm certainly going to be careful about what type of persimmon I ask for. The Hachiyas sound scary!!

Thanks!

The Hachiyas can be brutal when not ripe, but when they're ready to go, they're great for cooking!

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