Fuyu persimmons have been cultivated all over Asia for thousands of years and made their way into the United States in 1856. They are considered the national fruit of Japan.
The are also one tasty treat!
Fuyu persimmon, or Diospyros kaki 'fuyu', is a non-astringent variety of persimmon that lacks a true core and tannins, and for the most part doesn't have seeds. For those reasons, you can eat the entire fruit, like you would eat an apple except, in this case, you don't have to stop and toss out the core —while it may not be as tasty as the rest— it is totally edible. When ripe, they look like a little pumpkin, in shape and color.
Fuyu persimmons are the squat-shaped persimmons that resemble a pumpkin in both shape and color. You eat a fuyu when they are hard and crisp. A sliced fuyu is incredible on the side of a cheese platter, it pairs nicely with fatty food.
Hachiya persimmons are more elongated, much like a roma tomato. You must wait until they feel a bit squishy before eating them, otherwise they are incredibly astringent. They are more often used in baking, compote, and jellies.
A persimmon on the tree will remain green until it ripens. Once ripe, it will turn to orange, like the color of pumpkin. The flesh is a very similar orange color.
The way to know a fuyu persimmon is ripe when the skin is completely orange, with no green remaining.
You can eat your fuyu persimmon like an apple, tossing away the stem and the rare seed you may find.
We also like to slice them in wedges or in thin slices to put on a charcuterie tray or over ice cream. There is no core, so just slice away.
A fuyu persimmon normally does not have seeds in it. If you happen to get a seed in yours, just throw it out. They are not poisonous but have been known to cause blockages in the intestinal system.
Fuyu persimmons have been growing for thousands of years across Asia. They were brought into the United States in 1856 and most of the fruit production happens in California, Florida, and Texas.
Persimmons are a great source of dietary fiber, manganese, beta-carotene, vitamin C, Vitamin A and Iron. The low calories and high fiber make them a great weight-loss-friendly snack.
1 fuyu persimmon (168 grams) contains:
Persimmon is primarily a winter crop harvesting from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Fuyu persimmon is a wonderful fruit to eat raw, skin and all.
Sliced fuyu persimmon is a welcomed addition to a cheese platter, a charcuterie tray, ice cream, salad, yogurt or on top of toast.
For an exquisite treat, try topping your persimmon slices with pearls from a caviar lime...incredible.
You can even use it in puddings, breads, or pies.
Persimmons are very sweet and have a bright flavor, not unlike an apple, but less acidic. They also have a texture similar to that of an apple.
We recommend you to keep your persimmons on the counter if you are going to eat them soon. In the refrigerator, they should last a couple weeks but make sure that they don't soften.
Persimmons are full of Vitamin A and C and are completely safe to feed to your furry friend in moderation.
No, it is not known to stain.
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