21 Fabulous Fall Persimmon Recipes

Persimmons are one of my very favorite fruits – and they’re only available for a limited time during the fall. Instead of pumpkin-spice-this, and sweet-potato-that [yawn], let’s celebrate this fabulous fruit!

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There are two popular types of persimmons here in the U.S. – Hachiya and Fuyu. It’s of vital important to know the difference, lest you bite into one at the wrong time. Hachiya are the ones that come to a point on the bottom, while Fuyu are the rounder ones with a flatter bottom. Growing up we had a Hachiya in our backyard, and I learned the hard way that they’re extremely bitter if you eat them before they ripen. It’ll feel like they’ve sucked all the moisture out of your mouth, and then rubbed the inside of your cheeks with sandpaper.

We’d keep a row of Hachiyas on the kitchen windowsill, and monitor them daily as they ripened. If you wait until that Hachiya is perfectly soft — nice and squishy — it’ll be the most divine, slimy, sweet, bright-orange-glop you’ve ever tasted. (Okay, once you get to the “glop” stage, they might be a little over-ripe. But all the better, I say!)

The only problem is, all those Hachiyas have a tendency to ripen around the same time, and it can be overwhelming to try to keep up with a persimmon onslaught.

So when Matty and I decided to plant a persimmon tree a few years ago, we opted for Fuyu instead. That’s because you can eat them when they’re still hard, just like an apple. (Though if you let them ripen long enough, they’ll get squishy like the Hachiyas, too.)  This gives us a much larger window to enjoy all those beautiful persimmons.

As I was staring at the pile of persimmons on our kitchen counter this morning, I thought it would be nice to seek out some creative persimmon recipes from my friends’ sites, and share them with you. So here ya go: 21 mouth-watering persimmon recipes. Enjoy!

Buckwheat Persimmon Salad Recipe

Buckwheat Persimmon Salad

Two Purple Figs


Garlicky Kale Persimmon Salad in a serving bowl

Garlicky Kale Holiday Salad

Brewing Happiness


Tray of Persimmons Wrapped in Prosciutto

Persimmons Wrapped in Prosciutto

Taste and See


Tabboulet Salad with Pesimmons and Almonds

Tabbouleh with Persimmons and Almonds

Pinch My Salt


Persimmon Cranberry Sauce

Persimmon Cranberry Sauce

Deliciously Organic


Cranberry Roasted Butternut Persimmon Salad

Cranberry Roasted Butternut Persimmon Salad with Fried Goat Cheese

Half Baked Harvest


Wild Rice Persimmon Pilaf

Wild Rice & Persimmon Pilaf

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook


Persimmon Freezer Jam

Fuyu Persimmon Freezer Jam

La Fuji Mama


Cinnamon Persimmon Smoothie

Cinnamon Persimmon Smoothie

Jolly Tomato


Persimmons Hanging to Dry

Dry Your Own Persimmons (Hoshigaki)

Shockingly Delicious


Spicy Persimmon Salsa

Spicy Persimmon Salsa

She Paused for Thought


Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Persimmons Apricots and Walnuts

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Persimmons, Apricots, and Walnuts

Fearless Fresh


Kale Salad with Persimmon, Walnuts, Pomegranate, and Feta

Kale Salad with Persimmon, Walnuts, Pomegranate, and Feta

Cooking LSL


Persimmon Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Persimmon Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Simply Recipes


Daikon Carrot Persimmon Pomegranate Sunomono (Slaw)

Daikon, Carrot, Persimmon, and Pomegranate Sunomono

La Fuji Mama


Burrata with Persimmons

Burrata with Fuyu Persimmons, Pomegranate, and Mint

Sippity Sup


Thanksgiving Stuffing with Persimmon

Thanksgiving Stuffing with Autumn Fruit and Nuts

Fearless Fresh


Avocado Persimmon Toast

Avocado Toast with Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Fennel

Floating Kitchen


Persimmon chia pudding

Persimmon Chia Pudding

Blissful Basil


Orange Pear and Persimmon Cake

Orange, Pear, and Persimmon Cake

Jeanette’s Healthy Living


Persimmon Fruit Leather

Persimmon Fruit Leather


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Teresa Freed
December 7, 2018 2:29 pm

Where can I find persimmons

November 1, 2017 8:45 am

Love this post! Found it via Twitter. Persimmons and Pomegranates are two fruits that should be added to the American Thanksgiving cornucopia. Don’t you think so? 🙂

October 30, 2017 11:03 pm

This post just reconfirmed how much I adore Persimmons and their amazing versatility. I only discovered them about 6 years ago and I still can’t get enough of them. Thanks for the great roundup and including my Persimmon Salsa recipe. I just purchased a bunch of persimmons and can’t wait to start cooking with them.

October 30, 2017 11:35 am

This is an amazing and inspiring collection – Thank you so much for including me! And I’m very envious of your persimmon tree! (A pile of persimmons in your kitchen? Heaven!)

October 30, 2017 10:42 am

I didn’t understand what the fuss over persimmons was about, until I had my first taste of it this lovely fruit years ago. I now look forward to enjoying them during the fall :). Thank you so much for the recipe roundup!

October 30, 2017 9:46 am

YUM Andrew these look scrumptious!! Love Persimmon and can’t get enough of it! Fuyu is my favorite type too but I never imagined I could plant them! Thanks for sharing this and including my recipe!

October 30, 2017 6:19 am

Fuyus are my absolute favorite. How smart are YOU to have planted a tree so you don’t have to mortgage the house to buy them at the store! This is a great collection of recipes, and I am thrilled to have my dried persimmon strategy among them!