We are lucky enough to have an old persimmon tree on the farm, each year it delivers us a bumper crop and each year we struggle to use all of them ! They are quite stunning like orange lanterns amongst the leaves.
Persimmons have a love hate relationship. Eat them too early and your mouth with pucker up and become dry. Over ripe and they can be way too sweet! I find I look for fruit that are firm to the touch and not too light in colour. Kind of like an apple, crisp and firm.
Wash them, cut off the leaves and slice. Eat them raw.
You can make a number of things with them like Persimmon tart-tartan, roast them in the oven with a touch of honey or peel them and roast with some apples for a tasty hot crumble.
During the week I made a fantastic persimmon smoothie, it was a hit with the kids!
4 tbsp yoghurt
1 tbsp honey
2 cups trim milk
Place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth!