There are a few things that I particularly love in this life: my husband, Disneyland, and tiki bars/venues. Persimmons are close to making that list of top loves! I love them that much!  Sweet, crisp and juicy, the persimmon is perfection. When someone tells me that they don’t like persimmons, first of all, I probably give them a really dirty look, and then I tell them that they’re probably eating the wrong kind of persimmon.  Persimmons have rules! My whole childhood consisted of eating the wrong type of persimmon before it was ripe, which gave me that “bleh” perception of the fruit.

Here’s the quick and dirty on the differences between the 2 main varieties of persimmons:

Fuyu:  looks like a flat, orange tomato and can be eaten when hard and crunchy, with the skin

Hachiya: upside down pear or tear drop shape. Can only be eaten when soft and mushy. If eaten when still firm, your tongue will feel an astringent pucker!  The soft pulp is usually used in recipes for baked goods and even cocktails.

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Rarely do I ever cook with persimmons because they don’t last that long in my household.  During the Fall season, my kitchen counter always holds a stash of persimmons that get eaten out of hand, like an apple.  So, since I can’t seem to get myself to test any persimmon recipes, except for my Persimmon-Ginger Crisp, I asked around and scoured the internet to find some folks who don’t seem to have my problem!

 

Persimmon Chia Pudding Ashley Melillo, Blissful Basil

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Persimmon Smoothie  Marisa Westbrook, Uproot Kitchen

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Spiced Persimmon Tumeric Tea Sylvie Shirazi, Gourmande in the Kitchen

 

Avocado Toast with Persimmon, Pomegranate and Fennel Liz Harris, Floating Kitchen

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Pickled Persimmons, Food Gal

Persimmon Chutney, Saveur

Cranberry Persimmon Salsa, Rancho La Puerta

 

Arugula-Pomegranate Salad Christy Brissette, 80 Twenty Nutrition

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Persimmon Caprese Salad, What’s Gaby Cooking

 

Kale, Persimmon and Pecan Salad  Dixya Bhattarai,  Food, Pleasure and Health

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Persimmon, Arugula and Brown Rice Salad Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian

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Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Squash, Persimmons and Pecans, The Kitchn

Endive Cups with Beet, Persimmon and Marinated Feta, Epicurious

Persimmon, Prosciutto and Brie Grilled Cheese, Joy the Baker

 

Persimmon-Butternut Squash Soup Lindsay Cotter, Cotter Crunch

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Garlic Grilled Chicken with Persimmon Salsa Rebecca Pytell, Strength and Sunshine

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Slow Cooker Persimmon-Apple Pork Tenderloin  Shanti Landon, Life Made Full

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Roast Chicken with Persimmons and Sage Adventures in Cooking

Spicy Beef and Persimmon Korma, Food52

Slow Cooker Persimmon-Apple Pork Tenderloin, Life Made Full

Pork with Persimmons and Mustard Greens, Martha Stewart

James Beard’s Amazing Persimmon Bread, David Lebovitz

Apple and Persimmon Tarte Tatin, Epicurious

 

Persimmon Pudding (Regular and a Gluten Free option) EA Stewart, The Spicy RD

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Baked Persimmons, The Kitchn

Spiced Persimmon Frozen Yogurt, Saveur

 

Persimmon-Ginger Crisp, Lindsey Pine(Me!) , TastyBalance Nutrition

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  • Lauren O'Connor
    Reply

    Love persimmons – especially the soft (and now I know what they’re called – Hachiya)! What a great round-up. Can’t wait to try some of these dishes.

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      I hardly ever eat the Haychiya because I don’t have the patience to wait for them to soften!! However, when I do, I love freezing them and then letting them defrost a bit to eat as sorbet

  • Elizabeth Shaw
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    Such a fun roundup! I can’t thank you enough for bringing this gem all the way to Boston so I can try it!! Now I have the perfect collection of recipes to try this lovely fruit with!

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      Thanks Liz! yum yum!

  • Bethany
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    I can say that to my knowledge I haven’t had a persimmon! I know, gasp! But I was visiting family this weekend and they asked me what to do with them. I will share this with them 🙂

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      Please try one!! You won’t regret it!

  • Reply

    I have never, in my life eaten a persimmon! Time to change that! Thanks for the great roundup 🙂

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      Yes, definitely! Thanks Anne!

  • Emily Holdorf
    Reply

    Such a great post! Definitely taught me a thing or two about these cool fruits!

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      awesome! good to hear! Thanks Emily!

  • Emily
    Reply

    There are so many amazing looking recipes here!!

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      thanks Emily!

  • Charlene Pors
    Reply

    These all look so amazing!! I have yet to buy a persimmon (or try it), so I know what I am picking up tonight at the grocery store! Looks amazing

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      Do it!! You won’t regret it! Just make sure you get the right kind!

  • Robyn Kievit Kirkman
    Reply

    Cannot wait to try these recipes! They look delicious and are so versatile! Fabulous photography, too.

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      Thanks Robyn!

  • shahzadi devje
    Reply

    Beautiful recipes!

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      thanks! The contributors came up with some very creative recipes!

  • Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition
    Reply

    Okay, confession time.. I’ve never tried a persimmon! #dietitianfail Now I have no excuse not to though! Great roundup!

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      Go get some this weekend! 🙂

  • Bridget Swinney
    Reply

    I tried permissions for the first time last year! So yummy–thanks for giving me inspiration to use in recipes!

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      So glad you’re a persimmon lover now!

  • Jenny Shea Rawn
    Reply

    I know what I am buying this weekend! Can’t wait to try all these persimmon recipes. Where to begin?

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      woo hoo! Me too!

  • Amy Gorin
    Reply

    Great round-up!

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      Thanks Amy!

  • Lauren Harris-Pincus
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    I’m so sad I’m allergic to persimmons. These recipes look so fantastic!

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      oh my goodness! I’m so sorry to hear that! But luckily, apples could probably be subbed for the persimmons in some of the recipes.

  • Danielle @ Follow My Gut
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    If someone says they don’t like persimmons I wonder if Satan is their father because that is crazy! That aside, you have some taste options here but the smootie might be my fave!! Looks like it would be so tasty through a straw =]

    • TastyBalance
      Reply

      lol ! Thanks Danielle!

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