Fuyu Persimmon Bounty

I heart persimmons. It was a pleasant surprised to find that they grow quite abundantly in our area of FL.

Thanks to Freecycle, I was treated to as many persimmons as I could pick. EJ and I showed up with two canvas bags and found out that number was 40 lbs.

fuyu persimmon

It is important to remember that there are TWO types of persimmons. The difference between the two is quite dramatic. The Fuyu persimmon can be eating hard like an apple or soft for pulp. However, the Hachiya persimmon can only be eaten fully ripe and soft. If you bite into a Hachiya before it is soft, you will, sadly, probably never eat a persimmon again. The unripe Hachiya tastes like chalk and leaves a terrible taste in the mouth.

my little picker

I was happy to find that we were picking the Fuyu variety. The same type I was introduced to while living in Japan!

After returning home, distributing persimmons to friends and neighbors, and figuring out where to store the rest, I realized we had more than we could ever eat!

It is difficult to find recipes using the Fuyu persimmon as the flesh is a bit firmer and best eaten fresh. Pumpkin Persimmon Soup has become a favorite and here are some other ones I am considering to help use up all the fruit:

Persimmon Bundt Cake
Steamed Persimmon Pudding
Persimmon Jam

almost full

ready to eat

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