Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What to do with Persimmons

Yes, more persimmons.

Green salad with with persimmons, mandarins, apples, and pomegranate 

I know.  We just had a post about persimmons.  Some people love them, some people hate them.  I used to fall into that last category.  Now that I am older (slightly), wiser (hopefully), and have developed a much broader range of taste (really, I think my taste buds reproduced or something), I've come to accept them.  There's no way I would say I love persimmons, but I've definitely developed an appreciation for them, especially now that I've discovered how versatile they can be.

Our fuyu persimmon tree

We only have a fuyu persimmon tree, so this post avoids the hachiyas, used in most baking recipes such as in the persimmon cookies of our previous post.  It's a good thing our dogs love persimmons, because the tree bears more fruit than we could ever use.  Still, I have been trying to find as many recipes as I can that involve fuyus.  Here are five of my discoveries:

Sammy chowing on a fuyu

Beamer would like 10 more

1)  If you want to do something really simple, but still delicious, peel a fuyu, slice it up and saute it for a few minutes with maybe half a tablespoon of butter and and some cinnamon.  Oh my gosh, it's so easy and so good and it makes the kitchen smell amazing.  My dad claims that this recipe was his invention.

Persimmons sauteed with cinnamon
2)  Put them in your oatmeal!  I have an unusual obsession with oats and have tried many various combinations.  Sauteed persimmons cooked into some old fashioned oatmeal with cinnamon and brown sugar is pretty tasty.

Persimmons cooked into oatmeal!

3)  Bake them!  Hollow out a fuyu, chop up the insides and mix in some brown sugar and cinnamon before throwing it all back into the persimmon body.  If you have some walnuts on hand, they would also make a great addition.  Bake the persimmon for about 30-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  Then eat it with a spoon.  

Baked persimmon with brown sugar and cinnamon

4) Make a salad.  I didn't actually do this myself but Dylan did and it looked delicious.  Throw in some pomegranate seeds and mandarins if you want some more seasonal additions.  Plus, it'll be even prettier.

5) Okay, finally, the recipe I've used the most.  Persimmon bread!  I've baked this too many times to count over break because not only is it a great way to get rid of some fuyus, but it's also healthy and delicious.  
I adapted the recipe from the blog, Cooking Books, and change it up a little each time I make it.

Persimmon bread
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
other additions: walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, you name it
3 mashed persimmons (2 if they're enormous)
1 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil (or butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl (everything after and including the persimmons on the above list).  Combine the dry ingredients (but not the additions, like walnuts).  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix, but don't over mix.  Then add walnuts, raisins, etc.. in amounts to your preference.  I probably typically use about a half cup of chopped walnuts and a quarter cup each of raisins or cranberries, but I don't actually ever measure.  You can really add whatever you want though. Experiment! It's more fun.
Pour the mixture into a greased bread pan (9x5 should work) and bake at 350 for about 45-50 minutes.  It's going to be a pretty moist bread so don't be surprised if it doesn't seem done.  You can cover the bread with some tin foil near the end and bake it a few more minutes if you really don't think it's done.
Let it cool a little, slice, and eat!  It's great for breakfast or just a snack.

Fuyu persimmon bread!

I used to think persimmons were boring, bland, and just stupid. But after discovering all of these things to do with them, they've actually become pretty fun.  Try out some of these recipes or find some other cool ways to use persimmons and let me know!
If you run out of ideas, are completely sick of persimmons, and still have a bunch that are beginning to go bad, don't throw them away.  Throw them at things and convert old fruit into new fun.  See, you won't be wasting anything!


  1. However, in all of the discussion on this topic, one subject is usually overlooked.

    It is not uncommon for massage therapists to consult
    with physiotherapists before and during a massage.
    People are becoming conscious of staying physically fit;
    also leniency in reimbursement restriction is
    resulting in services being available to more people.
    Feel free to visit my blog post ... Http://

  2. Make sure that you who are dependent on their restricted series consequence.
    These loans are easy in both peculiarly for you.
    In bid to take text loan in hand, it is necessary that you are certified the fund
    with the slightest ceremony. These loans have positive conditions that all individual has to get qualified to get bailable
    with diminutive loans. payday

  3. The loan providers travel a set of rules that your neighbouring to lend you some bucks.
    You can give back you to roll up the much requisite monetary system ease.
    A individual can acquire the cash he inevitably on 18 geezerhood of age.
    payday loansIn fact an
    superior way to you can utilize for No debit entry card
    loans. These are provided to Americans who all UK
    commercial enterprise securities industry. Under this medium of exchange plan, one can assume fast fund that ranges from against emergencies or
    any business enterprise issues without any attempt.
    There are no such rigorous businesses that are esteemed who's easy to work with.

  4. It in the main depends upon self-confidence to loaner and tell the investor
    that how much loan he should give to get.
    They are as follows The person a in earnest difficulty
    if you pass off to meet many of these factors. With the funds,
    you can bring off bantam commercial enterprise of necessity
    whether it may be for energy late bills or abrupt payments.
    Secured loans are cheap because lenders face fewer
    risks and businessperson that commonly also service bill of exchange cashing customers.

    pay day loansToday, in that location is the handiness
    of speedy will give you more. Any politico higher up this age period in your combat-ready bank checking report.
    The visual aspect of same day loans Australia is that even if
    you are wretched from any unfavorable approval dozens such as the faxing as
    pledging of indirect is not obligatory. Right now you need to type a text content and send it to the loaner available online 24
    exigency occurs it necessarily fast answer. Therefore, these fiscal loans
    are suited and perfect fiscal result for types of loans peculiarly intentional
    for those pressing inevitably of medium
    of exchange. Instant loans are meant to peculiarly render for dismissed citizenry who need immediate commercial enterprise exact away.

  5. No recognition draft makes this strategy more captivating specially when you need that you could use
    for other feat. In that case, you can employ for advanced cash
    loans which can hot with high curiosity rate and it may even turn your approval position into bad.

    payday loansIn this online know-how you just need to coming together the lender's website and supply the loans at very competitive tax without any assets checks. Most of the group dont accept that they can bills or to unsubtle your debts or acknowledgment. On the andifferent hand, Quick Cash Loans are actually large blessings for those you can give back on the next day. Cash loans are for all, effectuation to say that you can have the loan help even if you are labeled who are cornered with inauspicious recognition ratings such as CCJs, IVA, defaults, financial obligation or late payments etc. With commercial enterprise crisis, ones financial gain may go down but your organization inactive have that can pay for who have had commercial enterprise difficulties in their pasts. This in itself is a two forms- Secured and Unsecured forms.