When pretty persimmons are briefly in their prime, we just can't get enough of them. Heart-shaped Hachiya persimmons and mild, sweet Fuyu persimmons, the flatter, firm variety, we love them in baked goods, salads, and savory recipes. Here are some of our favorite persimmon recipes. If you want to know more about what to look for when choosing persimmons at the market, check out How to Pick and Prepare Persimmons.

1. Roasted Persimmon-Burrata Focaccia

"Focaccia flatbread is topped with roasted persimmon slices, burrata cheese, and rosemary for a sweet and savory lunch or appetizer," says Buckwheat Queen.

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

2. Persimmon Cheesecake with Blueberries

"Persimmons are very healthy and make your desserts delicious and naturally sweet without adding sugar," says AnastasiasKitchen. "They will also make the texture of your cheesecakes more sophisticated. The cake is good on the same day or on the next day. If you want to eat it on the next day, keep it in the fridge uncovered. Your cookie pastry is still very soft and fresh. If you cover it, it will become soggy."

Photo by AnastasiasKitchen

3. Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Massaged Kale Salad

A kale and persimmon salad topped with pomegranate seeds, maple-roasted macadamia nuts, and a simple olive oil dressing. "A beautiful winter celebration salad to kick off a happy and super healthy holiday season!" says VeggieCravings. "Add cooked quinoa if desired."

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4. Persimmon Bread II

This moist spice cake-type bread is excellent for Christmas gifts. "This is the top seller at our company bake sale at Christmas!" says Nancy Scott.

Photo by Yvonne Esperanza

5. Chef John's Raw Kale Salad

Slices of persimmon and sweet apple combine with bitter greens, crunchy chopped nuts, and a tangy-sweet dressing. "If you slice kale thin and toss it with other tasty treats like apple, persimmon, orange, and nuts, the kale mellows out and serves as a perfect foil for other vegetation," says Chef John.

6. Pavlova with Winter Fruits

Individual pavlovas are topped with lemon curd, whipped cream, and slices of grapefruit, orange, and persimmon. "It's tough making dessert for someone cutting back on gluten and dairy. Luckily, pavlovas are gluten free and really easy," says LauraF. "The toppings are easy to customize -- I made the lemon curd dairy free and served whipped cream on the side."

Photo by LauraF

7. Granny Franny's Persimmon Curry Chili

"Add persimmons to chili, who'd-a-thought?" asks Rhonda McCoy Grady. "A perfect blend of sweet and spicy, warming us up right before the holidays. This fast and easy recipe is definitely one to consider when you are overloaded with all the persimmons someone brought into the office to share. It's simple, and I'm telling you, it's amazing."

Photo by Linda T

8. Spinach and Persimmon Salad with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate

"I love how the sweet persimmon balances out the tartness that you get from the pomegranate arils and creamy goat cheese," says Kim's Cooking Now. "Top that with the crunch of sliced almonds, and you have the perfect fall salad."

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now
Kim's Cooking Now

9. Persimmon Cake

"Perfect use for native North American persimmons," says Alix. "It really lets the persimmon flavor shine front and center, and the texture is both light and moist. It seems to actually taste better the next day than it does fresh. I've been making persimmon cakes for years and this is my favorite recipe so far."

Photo by claudia

10. Butternut Squash Soup with Persimmon

"Persimmon adds an extra splash of color to this yummy butternut squash soup," says superchef, "plus a sweet and fruity flavor. Try it! Use vegetable broth if you like it vegetarian."

Photo by superchef

11. Fuyu Persimmon and Burrata Caprese Salad

"The delicate, sweet persimmon flesh pairs well with creamy burrata in this super simple caprese salad," says Kim's Cooking Now. "Drizzled with a balsamic glaze and embellished with fresh basil leaves make a beautiful presentation."

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now
Kim's Cooking Now

12. Persimmon Muffins

"Breakfast muffins using fresh persimmon puree make a great fall recipe for brunch," says KarenW.

Photo by My Hot Southern Mess

13. Persimmon Cookies I

"These are great fall cookies!" says P. Tindall. "Moist and have a wonderful flavor of spice. You can freeze persimmon pulp to use later if you grow your own and have an excess."

Photo by MollyB

14. Persimmon Cheesecake

"This light and delicious cheesecake is made with fresh persimmons and a walnut crust," says schmecktgut.

Photo by Lorn Randall

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