Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Late Persimmons

Persimmons are nearly out of season, but I still have some ripe ones waiting to be attended to. Oh, and our donkeys still stand in front of the fence where our 2 persimmon trees live, waiting for their treats. The raccoons and crows have already taken care of the ripe fruit. The donkeys will have to make due with carrots until next fall.

In this photo: The 2 fruits at the far left are fuyu, or maybe not true fuyu but the flat kind of persimmon sometimes called an 'apple' persimmon because you don't need to wait til it's ripe to eat. This is the crunchy yummy that can find it's way into salads in the fall. The next two fruits that are oval-ish are hachiya: the traditional persimmon that you must wait to ripen: it needs to be runny like an egg yolk before you can cook it. The three darker orange persimmons are what I have waiting for me right now: ripe hachiyas! I cut them open with a sharp knife and then push as much pulp as I can through a sieve. This is what I get.

Lots more persimmon information.

Recipe confession: I don't have a favorite persimmon recipe. Every fall I see the harvest waiting to be cooked up and I find the most convenient recipe I can on google that matches what ingredients I have one hand.


JC said...

my favorite way to eat hachiya persimmons is to freeze the pulp, thaw it a bit, then eat it like sorbet/granita. No additional ingredients are necessary, and it's quite delicious. BTW, I use the recipe index on the Mariquita Farms site all the time! Thanks!

Best, Jen (Modern Beet dot com)

Jlanan said...

I've always avoided persimmons because of that awful astringent feeling I get in my mouth. How do you cope with it? Or are there some varieties of persimmons that are easier on the mouth than others?

Jenn said...

Oh - I have a whole PILE of persimmon postings and recipes... :)