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Archive for November 23rd, 2009

Persimmons

It’s Fall, and in addition to my excitement over Thanksgiving, short work weeks, cooler weather, and a really good reason to bake like a maniac, Fall also means it’s persimmon season.  I am always surprised by how many people either have not heard of these tasty fruits despite them being in every single grocery store around this time of the year.  If you are one of these people, let me tell you something – you’re missing out.  There is a reason the ancient Greeks referred to persimmons as “the fruit of the gods.”  They look something like miniature pumpkins, but once peeled you will find a soft yet slightly firm, sweet yet spicy, oh so tasty fruit.  Wikipedia has this to say about them:

“They are high in glucose, with a balanced protein profile, and possess various medicinal and chemical uses. While the persimmon fruit is not considered a “common berry” it is in fact a “true berry” by definition.”

SO, if you’ve never tried a persimmon I highly suggest you do so.  Make sure to buy the ones that are more on the orange side and eat them while they are still somewhat firm.  Also, I’ve never done anything but eat these as a snack…if anyone has a yummy recipe using them I would love to know about it!

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