Persimmon Recipes

Find the perfect persimmon recipes for fall, including breads, salads, desserts, and preserves. Browse more than 65 recipes for soft, pulpy Hachiya persimmons and the firm, sliceable Fuyu variety.

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Persimmon Upside Down Cake

Rating: 4.14 stars
Just like a pineapple upside-down cake but with persimmons instead! You can use soft persimmon pulp to make the batter or just use a standard white cake batter recipe.

Persimmon and Apple Salad

I eat a lot of salad, so I'm always looking for an interesting new ingredient. I recently discovered persimmons, and have found that they are a nice addition to salads, oatmeal, and smoothies.

Persimmon Green Smoothie

Rating: 4 stars
Yummy smoothie full of nutrients from fruits and vegetables.

Fuyu Persimmon Pie

Rating: 4.8 stars
Most persimmon pies are made as a custard pie with persimmon pulp. This one is made with sliced firm fruit and the delicious fall flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar. Make sure you are using Fuyu persimmons (short, squat-looking fruit--like an orange tomato) and not the astringent Hachiyas (large and acorn shaped).

Persimmon Bars

Rating: 4.53 stars
Persimmon bars as done by my husband's grandmother for years. A family holiday favorite. Sweet frosting tops these delicious cakes.

Old-Fashioned Persimmon Pudding

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is an old-fashioned persimmon pudding recipe from which people who say they don't like persimmon pudding DO like this one. It is more moist and more like the consistency of pumpkin pie filling. It's wonderful topped with whipped cream or milk poured over it.

Butternut Squash Soup with Persimmon

Rating: 5 stars
Persimmon adds an extra splash of color to this yummy butternut squash soup plus a sweet and fruity flavor. Try it! You won't be disappointed. Use vegetable broth if you like it vegetarian.

Easy Persimmon Jam

Rating: 4.5 stars
I first fell in love with persimmons when I visited Korea. When the fresh fruit isn't available, I use frozen persimmons. It's a nice break from the other jams. Enjoy with crusty bread!

Persimmon Muffins

Rating: 4.5 stars
Breakfast muffins using fresh persimmon puree. A great fall recipe for brunch.

Arugula Persimmon Pear Salad

Rating: 4.62 stars
A wonderful salad for fall!

Persimmon Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 4.67 stars
A great fall cookie but can really be enjoyed any time of the year if there's a supply of persimmon pulp in the freezer!

Persimmon Cheesecake with Blueberries

There are not that many desserts with persimmons. However, they are very healthy and make your desserts delicious and naturally sweet without adding sugar. 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.

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Pick and Prepare Persimmons

Fall and winter are prime time for persimmons, the tree fruit that's sometimes called the apple of Japan. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy them.

Gram's Persimmon Pudding

Rating: 4.27 stars

This recipe was found in my grandma's recipe box. I made it for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit!