Persimmons aren’t exactly the most common fruit. Sure, they show up in the supermarkets around Thanksgiving, but do folk really know what to do with them?
A smaller variety of persimmon than the ones you see in the stores actually grow on trees that are native to the US and can be foraged this time of year. Keep your eyes peeled for these succulent little fruits that taste kind of like caramel pudding!
Persimmons are reloaded with lots of nutrients and provide you with vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, B1, B2 as well as potassium, copper, and manganese.
So, wherever you might source your persimmons—from the supermarket or foraged—don’t shy away from this delicious fall fruit this season. There are plenty of really fun and festive sweet and savory OGP recipes for you to experiment with to impress your dinner guests.
1. Black Bean Tacos With Persimmon Salsa and Lime Crema
Well, here is a persimmon recipe that will work any night of the week, not just on the holidays! These Black Bean Tacos With Persimmon Salsa and Lime Crema by Rebekah Waters are easy to make, colorful, and fun. The persimmons give the salsa a sweetness while the lime gives that ever-needed zest.
2. Zesty Persimmon Bread
This is a lovely recipe that could bring great comfort on a chilly autumn afternoon. This Zesty Persimmon Bread by Sarah and Peter Hagstrom is full of flavor from the zesty lemon, warming ginger, and sweet and succulent persimmons. This would make a great holiday dessert or a wonderful seasonal snack.
3. Savory Stuffed Persimmons With Lentils
This recipe for Savory Stuffed Persimmons With Lentils by Rini Desai would make a great main dish for vegans (and all) at a holiday dinner. The lentils provide the protein while the persimmon ‘dish’ provides fun and festivity. They would also make a delicious autumnal lunch.
4. Persimmon and Turmeric Cheesecake Slice
This Persimmon and Turmeric Cheesecake Slice by Kelly Fielding is delicious and healthful. The base of the cheesecake is made up of dates, coconut, and almonds, and the filling is made from cashews, turmeric, and sweet ripe persimmons. This is a no-bake recipe meaning that you just have to wait for it to set in the fridge before indulging.
5. Persimmon and Basil Cream Galette
This is a fancy-looking dish that you can actually whip up in no time. This Persimmon and Basil Cream Galette by Cara Carin would be a great accompaniment to any holiday dinner. A slightly sweet pastry crust is filled with aromatic basil cream and topped with sweet and tender persimmon slices.
6. 3-Layer Shortbread Bar With Persimmon Jam and a Crumble Topping
Here is another fantastic and more unusual dessert option for a Thanksgiving dessert or any after-dinner treat. Try this 3-Layer Shortbread Bar With Persimmon Jam and a Crumble Topping by Stephanie McKinnie. Start with a shortbread base that is topped with a sweet persimmon jam. Then, cover everything in a yummy crumble and bake until golden. Maybe you can serve it with some vegan whipped cream or vegan ice cream.
7. Mini Persimmon Chestnut Cheesecakes
This lovely recipe provides not one but two seasonal delights—persimmons and chestnuts. Try these Mini Persimmon Chestnut Cheesecakes by Maria Loghin as a welcomed dessert this holiday. The base of these single-serve cheesecakes is made from dates, chestnuts, almonds, and peanuts. The cashew cream cheese is adorned with persimmons, chocolate chips, and raspberries to make for a fun and indulgent festive treat.
8. Fresh Winter Salad with Persimmon, and Brussels Sprouts
This wonderfully seasonal Fresh Winter Salad with Persimmon, Brussels Sprouts, and a Creamy Maple-Tahini Dressing by Kathryn Geyer would make a marvelous side dish for a holiday dinner. It is fresh and colorful and full of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The creamy tahini dressing pairs beautifully with the plump persimmon pieces.
9. Raw Persimmon Cheesecake
Here is a stunning dessert that you make with no baking involved. Try this Raw Persimmon Cheesecake by Lena Ropp. The three-ingredient crust is made by popping everything into a blender. Do the same for the filling! Just assemble your cheesecake and leave it in the fridge to set. Don’t forget to top it off with fresh persimmons!
10. Persimmon Parfait with Hazelnut Crunch
Whether you are looking for a fun and festive dessert, or just a fresh and filling fall breakfast, this Persimmon Parfait with Hazelnut Crunch by Kuteer and Trisha Zanasi should do the trick. You have a crunchy hazelnut base, a creamy cashew middle layer, and a topping of sweet puréed persimmons. A dusting of ground vanilla bean finishes the dish off beautifully.
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