how to eat a persimmon three persimmons cut up on a white cutting board on a wooden table
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How to Eat a Persimmon

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Have you ever tasted a Persimmon? Do you know what a Persimmon is? I’m going to show you how to eat a persimmon and do a persimmon taste test. There are a lot of varieties of persimmons but there are two main ones, especially the ones we get here in the United States. The Hachiya, which looks kind of like a heart-shaped fruit, and then the Fuyu, that looks kind of like a tomato.

Persimmons mainly come from China. China grows most of them and they originated from that area but they’re grown in Japan in South Korea in Brazil in Spain and California grows them and other places in the United States. They are a fall crop. So that’s when you can find them in the stores. They’re not super expensive, I get mine at my Ranch Market for three of them for $1. At my normal grocery store, they were a dollar each.

Hands holding Hachiya and Fuyu persimmons on a white cutting board
(Two varieties of persimmon, the Fuyu and Hachiya)

These particular persimmons are both products from the United States. Sometimes they are imported. There are some differences between these two varieties, besides the shape. The main differences are the Hachiya is an astringent fruit and the Fuyu is a non-astringent fruit. What that means is you can’t just eat the Hachiya at any time. Well, you can but you’re not supposed to until it’s fully ripe, because it contains tannins, kind of like acorns have tannins in them.

What happens if you eat it before it is fully ripe? If you eat it with the tannins it’ll have like a chalky taste and is not good for you so you want to wait until it’s nice and soft and fully ripe before you eat it.

Now the Fuyu is a non-astringent fruit, meaning it still has a little bit of tannin in it but not enough to be harmful. You can eat this in two stages when it’s fully ripe or not quite as ripe when it’s harder like an apple. Depending on the texture that you want, pretty cool.

What are some health benefits of Persimmons?

Here is a list of health benefits for both varieties of persimmon. They’re super high in nutrients. Just one of these fruits has about 118 calories. They are full of fiber vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin b6, potassium, copper, and manganese. Persimmons are full of antioxidants. And then may benefit heart health, may help reduce inflammation, and they support healthy vision. You can find more information on their health benefits here.

How to eat a Persimmon?

Here are some ways that you can eat it a persimmon. You can eat it fresh or you can dry them like other dried fruit like apricots or you can bake them and then drizzle like honey and powdered sugar on them. You can also make pudding with it. And then there’s a variety of other uses that you can do with them.

Hand removes the stem from a persimmon on a white cutting board
(Sometimes you can remove the stem with your fingers)

All right so how do we eat one? Well, there’s a lot of variety of ways that you can eat it. I just like to eat them fresh. With the Fuyu, you could just cut off the top if you want. Sometimes you can dig the little stem part off with your finger if it’s soft enough. One thing that’s neat about these is there are no pits in the middle. You can eat this like an apple. Or if you want to just cut it in half. The inside reminds me of a plum.

(Less ripe Fuyu Persimmon, more firm and crisp like an apple)

Then just cut them into wedges. That’s a common way to serve them fresh. Another way that you can eat a persimmon is when they’re really soft you can just scoop them out of the skin with a spoon. Cut off the top and just scoop it. Like I mentioned earlier you can eat the Fuyu persimmon when it is crisp. The ripe ones will look different on the inside. They will be darker.

(Ripe Fuyu Persimmon will be much darker and softer)

I also want to cut into the Hachiya and show you what that one looks like. Sometimes you can’t pull out the top or it’s just too hard so you can just cut it cut around it. A lot of people will just cut it down the side. This variety looks almost the same. Look how cool that star is on the inside, isn’t that pretty neat? You can cut them flat and then dry them out in a dehydrator if you want.

(Unripe Hachiya persimmon showing a cool star pattern)

Or just put it in the oven as two halves and bake it. Then drizzle honey on it, pretty awesome. The Hachiya needs to be super ripe before eating it fresh. Some people will cut off the top and then just scoop out the inside with a spoon.

What does a Persimmon taste like?

Time for a taste test. I will start with the Fuyu. Depending on the persimmon the skin is very edible. But it may be a little bit more hard or tough than others. Even if the skin is a little tough it’s still easy to eat it. But some people will just take the skin off. They are really sweet. Its texture is like a mix between an apricot and a plum. Persimmons have a very soft texture and are super sweet and very good.

Now I’m going to taste this other one that is crisper like an apple. The firmer Fuyu persimmon, the texture was closer to an apple as opposed to a mix between a plum and an apricot. Maybe like a pear texture but softer. It has a little crunch to it and is super yummy. It’s not quite as sweet as when it’s riper, however.

I want to taste the other kind, the Hachiya, and let you know what that one tastes like. Β This one has an instant chalky taste to it and that means it wasn’t quite ripe yet. I knew it wasn’t ripe enough but wanted to try it out anyway. If you have some Hachiyas that aren’t really soft, you’ll want to let them sit on the counter at room temp until they soften up and ripen. And then you can eat it. You’ll know that right away once you take a bite into it, your mouth will get all kind of chalky. And the taste is still there, it’s still nice and sweet, but it’s just not quite ripe yet and the chalky taste is unpleasant.

Persimmon growing on a tree
(Persimmons growing on a tree, source: pixabay)

Persimmons are an amazing fruit. My recommendation is to just stick with the Fuyu ones those are the most common ones to find anyway here in the United States. The Hachiya persimmons are amazing as well but you have to make sure they are really ripe before eating them. If you accidentally eat one that is not quite ripe yet don’t worry about it the chalky taste in your mouth will go away after a little bit.

Bottom line persimmons are super delicious and super nutritious. If you haven’t tried one go out and see if you can find one and give it a taste. And let me know what you think down in the comments if you’ve already had one let me know what you think about them down in the comments. Happy fruit tasting!

Watch this video I made on how to eat a persimmon

How to Eat Persimmons | Persimmon Taste Test

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36 Comments

  1. Usually, we have persimmon every New Year! We just slice them like apple and it’s good to go. It’s so yummy! One of my faves!

  2. I’ve never had a persimmon before! I’ve heard they are good though, albeit they’re expensive at my local store.

  3. katrina Kroeplin

    i have never had one of these before. i will have to try one really soon.

  4. I love Persimmons, they are so high in nutrients! We have them here, in Spain, during the fall months! I mean, you still can buy persimmons in winter, but they are always imported and just donΒ΄t taste the same as the local ones!

  5. Persimmon never heard of this fruit before. I will check in my grocery store as it sounds like I will love it.

  6. I eat lots of persimoon when I was a child. Sometimes I would cut them in wedges and eat them while other times I just chew. I have no idea it has so many health benefits.

  7. Thank you for this informative post! I learned a lot today πŸ™‚ I think I only had persimmons once, we were curious about them with my mom, so we bought some to try. In Poland the most common kind is different though. The persimmons that we can get here are really small and quite firm. They’re still delicious though, like a miniature plum πŸ˜€ I’ll have to get some next time we go grocery shopping, because I finally know how to eat them properly.

  8. Wow, I’ve never heard of this fruit. I look forward to trying it!

  9. oh it’s one of my favorite fruits ..yummy yummy Persimmon. this winter I eat them almost every day LOL

  10. Such an interesting fruit. Persimmons always remind me of Persephone in Greek mythology. I had no idea they were from China!

  11. Wwwoooaaahhhhh….this is my very first time hearing of a Persimmon. It looks so much like a fully grown tomato.

  12. never tried one.. i really want to now. looks so good!

  13. I love persimmons. I’m not sure why they don’t get more attention in stores. They’re so good!

  14. Thanks for this tutorial on how to eat a persimmon. I’ve seen them in the store, but wasn’t sure what to do with them.

  15. Krissy Allori

    Thanks for this great guide to persimmons. I don’t usually include these in my diet but I think I’m going to have to change that.

  16. I’ve never had a persimmon! Time to change that!

  17. Persimmons are my favorite fall fruit! Thank you!

  18. Rachael Yerkes

    this is so good to know!

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