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How to Eat a Persimmon

The persimmon is a beautiful, richly flavoured fruit that can compliment a variety of dishes. However, it is important to know how to properly eat them in order to fully enjoy all they have to offer.

So, how do you eat a persimmon?

 

The first thing to do is to identify what type of persimmon you are going to eat. In the West, there are two types that are most common: Fuyu (pronounced “foo-you”) and Hachiya (pronounced “hi-CHEE-ya”).  Hachiya has a sharper flavour, are long and heart-shaped and eaten when soft.

 

Fuyu

A sweet persimmon, fuyu is squat and flat along the bottom, similar to a tomato. When ripe, this type is deep orange. This may be eaten when firm and will possess a sweet flavour. You may also eat it when over-ripe with a spoon.

If eating a fuyu when ripe, cut off leaves and stem and slice, as you would a tomato. You may eat it raw, or cook with it to add something special to your dishes.

This is the Fuyu (foo-you) variety. It may be consumed when very firm but wait until it has softened a bit. Then cut in and scoop out.

 

Hachiya

With this variety, you will want to let it completely ripen until it is very soft and deep orange in colour.

To speed up ripening, store in a paper bag with a ripe banana or apple.

Stumped for what to make with this deserving fruit? Check out these recipes and show your friends how to let your food shine!

 

The Hachiya (hi-CHEE-ya) needs to soften up completely otherwise it’s like eating a green banana!

 

The Vanilla persimmon is heart-shaped like the Hachiya variety except it doesn’t require softening up. If you never tried a persimmon before, this is a good one to start with.

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