Persimmon is one fall fruit that doesn’t get the same limelight as apples and pears, but is equally delicious. I first fell in love with these orange fruit when I spent a year studying in Israel. I bought them whenever I had a chance, biting into them like I was chomping on an apple.
There are 2 types of persimmon – the heart shaped hachiya and the tomato-shaped fuyu. Hachiya persimmons contain high levels of tannins causing them to taste “furry” if eaten before fully ripening. Believe me, I know this because I’ve spent a lot of time scraping the “pithy” substance off my tongue. Fuyu persimmons, on the other hand, are non-astringent and can be eaten when firm. Upon ripening, they become freckled with tiny brown specs which add sweetness and flavor to the fruit.
What do persimmon taste like? Channeling Ron Ben-Israel on Sweet Genius, I would describe a ripe persimmon as, creamy. juicy. sweet. fragrant. peachy. hints of mango.
Freezing the persimmon and blending it with yogurt results in a thick, creamy consistency that is almost as good as ice cream!
2 ripe fuyu persimmon
1 container thick plain yogurt, such as J&J
1/2 cup milk
Peel and quarter persimmon and freeze overnight. Add frozen fruit, yogurt and milk to a blender. Drizzle some honey and add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend, and add more milk to reach desired consistency.