Top 5 Ways to Use Persimmons

Sharon Palmer

I get so excited when I spy my first persimmon of the season in my farmers market. Oh, that bright orange-red flesh and sweet-spicy flavor! This fruit, which is in season October through January, is not only perfect for brightening up the dullest of winter days, it is packed with nutrition power, too. Persimmons tuck away a rich cache of vitamins A and C, and fiber, as well as phytochemicals linked with their bright color. And here’s a fun fact— “Sharon Fruit” is a type of persimmon variety! No wonder I love these fruits so much—I even planted a persimmon tree in my garden this week. Hope to harvest these beauties this time next year.

Persimmons are best enjoyed when they are crunchy—when they get too soft, try using them in baked recipes. They are versatile in so many dishes, including savory and sweet. So, what are my 5 favorite things to do with a persimmon? Read on…

Top 5 Ways to Use Persimmons

1. Slice Persimmons Over Your Cereal. As the seasons change, so should your breakfast fruit that tops your steel cut oats or whole wheat flakes. I promise this fruit will breathe life into your morning!

2. Whiz up Persimmons in Your Next Smoothie. Try blending persimmons with other light-colored fruits, such as bananas or pineapple, with a pinch of spice and your favorite plant-based milk for a smoothie the color of autumn leaves!

Mediterranean Persimmon White Bean Kale Salad

3. Slice Persimmons into a Salad. I am in love with the juxtaposition of sweet, crisp slices of persimmons with pungent greens, earthy grains, and creamy pulses. I promise this combination will rock your winter salads! Try my Mediterranean Persimmon White Bean Kale Salad for starters.

4. Get to Baking with Persimmons. Ripe, soft persimmons can take the place of mashed bananas in your banana bread, or canned pumpkin in your muffins. Try this recipe for Persimmon Oat Cake for proof.

5. Snack on Persimmons. Simply wash them and slice them into wedges to munch au naturel!

Get to know more about how to use plant foods in the following guides:

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Top 5 Ways to Use Brown Rice
Top 5 Ways to Use Blackberries

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