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Make Persimmons Part of Your 5 A Day Plan

  • Wash Fuyu persimmons, remove core and leaves, and slice or eat whole.
  • Rinse Hachiya persimmons and slice in half. Remove seeds and spoon fruit out of skin.
  • Add firm Fuyu persimmon slices to salads.
  • Puree Hachiya persimmon flesh and add it to drinks, smoothies, or fresh fruit sauces. You can also use the puree to make cookies.
  • Slice Fuyu and spread with lime juice, salt, and chili powder. Eat with a slice of low fat cheese.
  • Mix cubed Fuyu with grapes, pomegranate seeds, cubed apple, and sliced kiwi for a colorful fall salad.
  • Top hot or cold cereal with cubed pieces of bright orange Fuyu.
  • Make salsa with a twist ? add chopped Fuyu, onion, tomatillo, cilantro, and chili Serrano and mix together.
  • Start your morning off right! Add chopped or blended Fuyu persimmons to your pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
  • Have an instant persimmon sherbet! Simply cut off a piece of the pointed tip of the fruit, tightly wrap the fruit, and freeze for up to three months. Defrost the fruit in the refrigerator for about four hours, scoop the fruit, and enjoy!

Recipes

Recipes

Persimmon and Apple Salad
Makes 6 servings
Each serving equals one 5 A Day serving

Ingredients

1 Tbsp walnut pieces, toasted
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 sweet variety apples, rinsed, cored, and thinly sliced lengthwise
3 firm-ripe Fuyu persimmons, rinsed, stemmed, and thinly sliced lengthwise

In a bowl, combine orange juice, vinegar, and olive oil. Add apples, persimmons, and toasted walnuts and mix to coat.

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 90, Protein 0g, Fat 3g, Calories From Fat 29%, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbohydrates 16g, Fiber 3g, Sodium 15mg.

Mixed Persimmon Salad
Makes 4 servings
Each serving equal one and one half 5 A Day servings

Ingredients

2 cups mixed green salad mix
4 Tbsp red wine vinegar dressing
1/2 ripe avocado, peeled and slice
4 persimmons peeled and chunk
1 cup jicama, chopped
1 Asian pear, sliced

Put lettuce in serving bowl. Measure the dressing into a glass measure large enough to hold the fruit. Put avocado, persimmons, jicama, and Asian pear pieces in a glass measure as they are cut. Stir to coat. Pour the fruit and dressing onto the lettuce. Toss to coat. Chill 20 minutes.

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