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Persimmons, Who Knew?

OK so let me start by saying, I tend to think I know a lot about foods but every once in awhile even I get thrown for a loop.

My recent grocery store loop: Persimmons.

If you are thinking, "Persimmon? What in the world is that?"

While browsing the produce aisle at Whole Foods last night, I came across what I thought were really smooth, mini pumpkin tomato cross breeds (as I am a sucker for mini things). Convinced it would be impossible to carve, my husband and I decided against it being a pumpkin. Turns out that the baby pumpkins-tomato-fruits were NOT really pumpkins but Persimmons (or Sharon Fruits as I had only heard of them).

Persimmons are a great fruit for the fall and often used in the place of dried apricots on a cheese plate. Some people enjoy Persimmon jam or pudding and you can even find Persimmons in many Asian dishes.

Fit's Tip: Persimmons are an excellent source of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Firm Persimmons are good to cut up and eat, soft ones are better for jams and fillings. Like most fruits avoid the bruised ones. The most common varieties are Japanese Persimmon, Fuyu and Israeli Persimmon.

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chatnoir chatnoir 10 years
We had persimmon trees growing in our yard all my life. When I was a little girl, my dad and I used to dry out the persimmon seeds. When you slice them down the seam, you'll see the outline of either a knife, fork or spoon in the center of the seed. Don't eat the unripe ones, though.. they make your face pucker and they taste fuzzy.
LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
I only like them when they are firm and cold, I despise them if they are squishy and lukewarm, my mom used to make me eat them like that. Horrible times
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
I love persimmons, pomegranate, and those star fruits, lol.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
I love persimmon pudding :drool:
stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
I love persimmons! They're sweet and delicious. Easy to eat too. Only thing is, they ripen easily. Very quickly. ____________________________________ Don't tick me off. Or you'll get it.
theotherhalfofme theotherhalfofme 10 years
Those fruits are great! You can eat them like apples or even put them into a nice salad!
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