Thursday, December 8, 2011

How to eat a persimmon

1. Buy a persimmon. Better, buy 6.
2. Wait 2-3 weeks while the persimmons go from bright, opaque orange to a tender, bruisable dark orange.
3. Resist the urge to poke and squeeze.
4. Freeze the persimmons.
5. 45 minutes before you want them for dessert take them out of the freezer and defrost on a plate.
6. Slice in half.
7. Eat the sorbet-like flesh with a small spoon.
8. Spare a bite for the cat, who likes persimmon.


  1. How to grow a persimmon:
    1. plant a tiny 1 gal. sapling
    2. after it dies plant another
    3. wrap the spindly trunk against deer
    4. wait
    5. water when there is too little rain
    6. enjoy the fall color, it's good even when the tree is young
    7. wait more years
    8. after a long time, follow this post on how to eat a persimmon

    Will I ever? I'm saving your instructions for when the day comes.

  2. Have always wanted to try one, but never even seen one in the store. Must look harder ... or follow Laurrie's instructions.

  3. I am going to see if they grow here since we are making our decisions on this year's fruit tree plantings. January is planting time for bare roots.

  4. Well done, Laurrie!

    webb - really? Our grocery stores are popping with them at this time of year.

    Denise, I believe you are in luck. Plant away.

  5. In the Midwestern town I grew up in, there are persimmon trees EVERYWHERE. My dad always makes a persimmon pudding this time of year because it's what my grandmother did when he was young. It's pretty weird but delicious nonetheless.

    And in ways NOT to eat persimmon: off the tree when they are green and underripe. The bitterness will stay with you for a week. Can't say I'll ever do that again, though. Lesson learned.


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