I am so glad I have eaten a ripe one the first time I tasted this fruit. Otherwise I would have been one of those people who detest it and cannot believe how anybody can eat it. I cannot blame them; you have to eat those ripe no matter what.
You know how healthy they are? How good of a calcium and especially pottasium source they are?
I love this fruit, yet for the last 10 years I am living in this country I have not even bought one. Can you believe this? Well, I have been seeing them in market, and could not get myself to buy one since they were tough. All those years! Finally last weekend I have seen them again in the farmer’s market. Again touched them and again tough. I was thinking “What is the matter with this people? If they sell this once, whoever buys them will never want to see that seller again, let alone buying anything from his stall.” After touching, feeling couple of them I finally asked the seller if there are any soft ones. He said no! I could not stop myself and asked him “I guess you like that astringent taste it has?” He smiled and said “these are Fuyu variety.” Well, that really didn’t mean anythÄ±ng to me. I guess he also gathered that from my facial expression and continued “these are eaten like an apple, just slice them.” Woow! Slicing a persimmon and eating it when it is hard? Sounded like eating raw eggplant! After a second of hesitation sure enough I bought a lot of them. It definitely is not an astringent variety, but still a persimmon.
Later I learned that Fuyu variety has 6 times more calcium than Hachiya, but both are superior to oranges when it comes to being a pottasium source.
I liked how it tasted, and I wonder if you’ll like it, too. Does not have that interesting persimmon taste, at all. A classic fall cake, with the right amount of spices. Not a fluffy one; at least not the one I made!
If you do not want to bake a cake, just mix equal amount of persimmon pulp with (soy) milk and add cinnamon to taste. I definitely enjoyed this drink.
Here comes the recipe for the cake (with the changes I adapted, otherwise a direct copy from the website I got the recipe)
- 1 1/2 cup pureed pulp (I used 2 big Hachiya persimmons)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups unsifted flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp each fresh nutmeg and ground cloves
- 1/2 cup butter
- Â½ cup white sugar
- Â½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- Â½ cup kefir (or buttermilk)
- 1 tsp orange zest
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Puree persimmon pulp until smooth.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.
- In an large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and combine well. Add half the flour and just combine. Add the buttermilk and just combine. Add the remaining flour and stir until it just comes together, then stir in the orange zest.
- Spoon into a 9 inch cake pan that has been greased with butter. Bake for 40 minutes, or more until knife comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a platter to cool completely.
- Before serving, dust lightly with powdered sugar.