Though not as popular, the fuyu variety (pictured at left), which resembles a tomato, has a sweeter, less acidic taste and can be enjoyed while it is still firm. Fuyu persimmons are often served raw, by themselves or as a lively addition to a fruit salad.
Most persimmons are sold before they have ripened to preserve their shelf life. They ripen quickly and are only enjoyable for a few days after they ripen. To keep persimmons fresh, they may be stored in the refrigerator before they are allowed to ripen at room temperature. Persimmons may also be frozen and allowed to defrost and ripen.
Here are some great persimmon recipes to enjoy with both varieties:
4 oz. spinach
1 fuyu persimmon (peeled, pitted and chopped into bite-sized pieces)
8 oz. prosciutto (cut into strips)
Blue cheese crumbles
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red Wine Vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Wash spinach and place in a large bowl. Add persimmon, prosciutto and blue cheese. In a separate bowl, mix olive oil, vinegar, lemon, salt and pepper. Pour over salad.
(I added a little red onion and some French bread croutons to this for a bit of extra crunch, and you can also add nuts, such as pistachios.)
Fall Fruit Salad
1 fuyu persimmon, peeled and cubed
1 kiwi, peeled and cubed
8 oz. pomegranate seeds
1 Golden Delicious (or similarly sweet) apple, peeled and cubed
1 bunch red grapes
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Peel and cube persimmon, kiwi and apple. Mix in large bowl with pomegranate seeds and grapes. Sprinkle lemon juice on top and toss.
Persimmon Cookies from Allrecipes.com, using Hachiya Persimmons.
Compiled and written by Rachel Bunn.