I ♥ persimmons. I remember eating persimmons as a little girl in Moscow and enjoying the sweet flesh while avoiding the dark brown seeds. Yes, persimmons in Russia had seeds...as did the grapes and watermelons. Of course ever since moving to the States I'm too good for seeds ;)
It amazes me that so many people either don't know what persimmons are or have never tried them.
Imagine my surprise when I found huge branches of a persimmon tree just laying on a street in my neighborhood.
Remember the Hurricane Sandy that happened a few weeks ago? Luckily, I wasn't affected much other than losing my electricity for about 4 hours. Since the government was shut down Monday (and Tuesday!) after the Sunday storm, I decided to go for a walk after being cooped up in my condo for a few days.
As I was walking around my neighborhood, I saw two HUGE tree branches on a side of the street with bright orange objects on them. The closer I got, the more amazed I became: the branches were covered with persimmons!!! The owner of the tree probably had no idea what they were cutting down.
So what did I do? I finished my walk, went back home, picked up a large bag and a pair of scissors and made my way back to the branches and cut as many of the persimmons as I could. I even shared a few with my friend Cindy.
These persimmons were completely underripe, so I put them in a paper bag once I got home and have been eating them as they ripen. They are incredibly sweet and addicting.
Here are a few recipes YOU can make with persimmons:
Have a lovely weekend!