Monday

Fruit of the Fall - Persimmon Salsa

Though there are a thousand ways in which I dislike being away from home, one thing I like about it is the new experiences. Whether it's the cool but not cold weather of autumn or the yellow and red hued trees or the new produce that this golden season brings - it's all magical for a girl used to a year divided into summers and monsoons.

persimmons

Of all the fruits that started appearing in my local market, it was the persimmon that caught my eye. It looked beautiful - like a tomato dressed up in an orange gown, and it looked delicious.

I thought the fruit would be equally striking from the inside and was disappointed to see it looked and felt like a papaya. However all my negative feelings vanished with one tentative bite. For such a confused fruit the persimmon does have an unique taste - a subtle, juicy mix of papaya and peach. I used it in a salsa for a sweet and spicy contrast.

salsa

PERSIMMON SALSA
(adapted from Cooking Light)
(serves 3-4)
2 Fuyu* persimmons
1-2 green chillies, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely minced
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
salt to taste

Wash, peel and chop persimmons. Combine with other ingredients in a bowl. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with chips, appetizers or grilled sea food.

Alternately you can make an Indian style chutney by blending the persimmons with lemon juice, red chilli powder, cumin seeds etc.

* Most supermarkets sell two types of persimmons - Fuyu and Hachiya. The Fuyu is non astringent and eaten when crisp. The Hachiya (used in baking) is astringent and cannot be eaten until completely ripe. The cashier at the market told me how she ate an unripe Hachiya as a child and it almost turned her off all fruits! This site has more information on each variety.

** See more persimmon recipes here

44 Comments:

Blogger Praba said...

That is such an innovative idea! I am guessing this must be the first time someone's ever made a persimmon salsa! You have to patent it! :-)

4:34 PM  
Blogger Nabeela said...

Hi Ashwini, persimmons are mine and my husband's favorite fall fruit. We just finished a HUGE bag of 5 lbs :)
Pretty interesting to have it in a salsa...

6:40 PM  
Blogger Vani said...

I've never tasted persimmon before. Now after reading your post, I think I will try it!:)

7:25 PM  
Blogger Praveena said...

Interesting way of eating Permission! I have friend that eats it by the box. I am sure she will love this recipe.

5:05 AM  
Blogger TS said...

How creative! It also looks great. I also like to make salsas out of the ordinary by adding peaches, or pineapples or even Mango!

Cheers,Trupti

7:19 AM  
Blogger Mallika said...

Can you tell me the hindi name for persimmon? Ur recipe looks so delicious but I'm not sure if we get persimmon in the UK...

Just found your blog and think it's glorious. The photos are so beautiful.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Dilip said...

Hi Ashwini, as Vani, i have not tried it...will add it to my must try list...

Thanks :-)

8:06 AM  
Blogger Krithika said...

This is a great idea ! I am not a big fan of persimmons but am willing to try your salsa. Looks great !

8:27 AM  
Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

Looks so pretty and colorful! I grew some yellow boy tomatoes in summer, they make one delicious salsa too..yum!! Thanks for this..

9:01 AM  
Anonymous shilpa said...

Wow...those look so cute Ashwini. I haven't tried this fruit yet, will look for it next time.
As always, simply awesome pictures :).

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Monisha said...

You're right, as much as I love summers and monsoons, autumn and fall produce are something that I enjoy looking forward to! your persimmon salsa looks delicious, love the colors!!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Prabha - thanks for your kind words. This idea is hardly original though I wish I had thought of it :-) Salsas with fruits such as berries, peaches and mango are quite common.

Nabeela - 5lbs??? Do you have a few trees in your yard or something? Persimmon has quickly become a favorite in our home too.

Vani, Dilip - this was my first time eating it too. I was pretty pleased to taste a new fruit for the first time!! Do try them if you can find some.

Praveena - the crisp onion and the soft persimmon make quite a nice contrast in texture. Taste wise it's sweet-spicy so thats another thrill :-)

Trupti - I love mango salsa...I think tropical fruits are pretty versatile arent they?

Krithika, Asha, Monisha, Shilpa - thanks

Mallika - I am sorry I have no idea what persimmon is called in Hindi. I read an article in the Hindu which stated that its not commercially grown in India. But I see that you are in the U.K. and I know that persimmons are available there though the variety might differ... (Japanese kaki - not sure). I think the farmers or Asian markets would be a better bet than your neighbourhood Sainsbury's :-)

10:37 AM  
Blogger Manasi said...

Hi... What luck! Just last week I saw these in the store.. but I was not sure how and what to do with them! thanx for sharing ! very interesting! Also shows that I shud start having more faith in myself and go ahead & experiment!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous mandira said...

Wow, I have never had persimmons, now I have to go and find it for the yummy salsa. :)

12:18 PM  
Blogger Nabeela said...

Oh Ashwini, the 5 lbs of persimmon of course came from Costco :) I do most of my grocery shopping there...specially fruits...since buying one cart of fruit ensures I'm set for a week :)

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Priya S&S said...

I have to look out for these cuties next time I go grocery shopping. Salsa with persimmon must be great especially when u say they taste like papaya & peach.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous nalini said...

I love your description of the fruit! Never heard of persimmon before. Will try and find it in our produce section now.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Sangeeta said...

Ashwini,

That is such a great idea. Great pix and a great recipe.

Sangeeta

5:13 PM  
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi Ashwini,
In my house we eat like that..Here in singapore it is easily available. Making salsa is a great idea. Thanks.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Mallugirl said...

I first tasted this when my hubby's collegue got it from chinatown..since then have been in search of the perfect tasting persimons... u got the taste absolutely accurate.I just scoop it and eat but salsa sounds very interesting.

8:44 PM  
Blogger HariPriya said...

tht`a really a nice thought....i love persimmons and when i bought them i will face a tough competition from my husband..thnx for sharing..

4:46 AM  
Blogger Anupama said...

Hi ash, This fruit has mushroomed in all the english fruit stalls as well. They call it Sharon Fruit here. will buy some soon andtry your salsa too.

8:12 AM  
Blogger RP said...

It looks so beautiful, just like an orange tomato! Wonder how it tastes! Never tasted before. :(
The salsa looks delish!

9:47 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Manasi - Its quite exciting that there still are fruits or veges that we havent tasted so go on an experiment :-)

Nabeela - I am always hesitant to buy from Costco because of the huge quantities...how do you store the fruits?

Mandira, Priya - they sure taste great and almost all markets are carrying them now

Nalini, Sangeeta, MT - thanks

Shaheen, RP - WholeFoods just got a new stock if you are interested

HariPriya - I always associate persimmons with Japan...I have heard the kaki variety is really tasty. You are a lucky gal!!

Anupama - thats a nice name...Sharon fruit. I did some research out of curiosity. The name comes from Israel and the fruit is a varietal of the Japanese kaki but with the astringency and core removed. So you can eat them like an apple, skin and all!! Go on and try some then :-)

10:20 AM  
Blogger Saffron said...

Hmm.. I never particularly liked persimmons either. Now, your salsa looks like something I would enjoy with a big ole plateful of chips!! yummm!!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Sia's corner said...

how nice... im really impressed with the way u present ur recipes... for me its equally important that food not only should taste good but also its presentation should be good enough
cheers
supriya

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Manisha said...

What gorgeous fall colors! I've always hesitated when it came to buying persimmons. I guess I am yet another one who hasn't had this fruit. Chutney sounds like a good idea, too! Yum!

2:11 AM  
Blogger Chandrika said...

Ashwini,

I have had my apprehensions about this fruit and have never ventured to try it..But ur description of its taste and texture and the delightful salsa have changed my mind... Thank you!

1:38 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Very very innovative indeed!! I love persimmons. I was brought up in Russia.. and there we only get the Hachiya kind of persimmons.. the ones that cant be eaten when crisp.. they will almost bite your tongue away.. yikes! I remember persimmons sitting on our window counter and hanging out for until a week for them to get ripe and soft, and then we could have them.

I love the crisp sweet persimmons that we get here... yummy, and no waiting!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Vini K said...

Hi,came over here from Nidhi's.I have never tasted a persimmon before but your salsa beckons me..I will look for it when go veggie shopping ths time.Thanks for sharing.

BTW,I added your blog to mine,Hope you don't mind.

My blog:

www.passion-for-food.blogspot.com

Vini K.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Saffron - thanks

Supriya - I agree, food appeals to the eyes first then to the tastebuds. I visited your blog and saw you have some great photos too. Keep up the good work.

Manisha - persimmons would make a fab chutney. The moment I tasted the salsa I knew I had to make a chutney with them too. It'd be like an apricot chutney - sweet & spicy.

Chandrika - go for it!!

Allison - thats a nice memory. I was so terrified of buying Hachiya by mistake I went to the cart twice and checked they were Fuyu. I have heard too may horror stories about eating the unripe fruit!!

Vini - Welcome to FFT. Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. I will drop by your blog too.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Nidhi said...

Nice recipe..great pics.

Thanks..

Nidhi.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Lakshmi said...

looks so good Ashwini

6:25 PM  
Blogger Aditi said...

Hey Ashu Didi,

After having visited your blog quite a few times, I finally am leaving a comment. Its 3:00 am in the morning and my stomach is growling menacingly. I have no idea what persimmons are and yet that picture is making me so damn hungry. Now I'm gonna have to get up at this ungodly hour and fix myself a snack which sadly is not even half as delicious as the stuff on your blog....and all coz of you sister!

Anyways, as always, yummy stuff on your blog.

Cheers,

Aditi

2:26 AM  
Blogger shammi said...

aha, so THESE are persimmons! They're available in my supermarket but they're called Sharon-fruit. Now I know what they are, I'm gonna try them! :)

2:52 PM  
Blogger Meeta said...

Here's something really psychic - I just have my mouthful with persimmon now!! In Germany they are called Kaki fruit and we love them here. I love them just the way they come. But a salsa does sound very intriguing.
Cool recipe.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Shobitha said...

Nice recipe. The fruit I think tastes more like chikoo(sapota).The texture is also similar to that.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Vaishali said...

Ashwini,
I too fell in love with Persimmon the moment I ate it. As Shammi and Meeta have written already, they call it 'Kaki' or 'Sharon fruit' in Germany. For me, the flesh tastes a lot like the 'Malai' in tender coconut. Whaddyasay?

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Indira said...

Hi Ashwini,

I love that first photo. Sure brightens the day!

We get decent quality persimmons here in Seattle, because of high Japanese population. They taste real good unlike the supermarket hard, sour tasting persimmons.

I've yet to try a recipe with them. Thanks for the salsa recipe, and also for the persimmons recipe link.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Puspha said...

Great recipe & superb pix. Well done!!

7:08 AM  
Blogger cookingchat said...

that looks great. I don't think I've ever tasted persimmon but it looks like something to try!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This evening January 29th,2007 I tried Persimmon for the first time. It is delicious. It has its own flavour. Slightly tangy, sweet and subtly spicy. It has its own unique flavour. Can't see losing the taste of it by putting it in salsa,which I also like. I paid $1.00 Canadian for 2 and purchased them in Port Hawkesbury Cape Breton Isl. Canada...........Sandra Rockwell

5:21 PM  
Blogger Silas Kain said...

I am 53 years old and I just ate my FIRST persimmon! I have never in my life experienced such an incredible fruit! Almost juicy like a peach, sweet like an apricot. I almost taste a bit of Israeli date in them. All I know is, persimmons are my fruit of the year! Looking for recipes.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous cheftonite said...

Oh man that Persimmon Salsa sounds so tasty. I'm trying this weekend. A co-worker has a persimmon tree and I will be asking for a few.

www.persimmonguide.com

10:02 PM  

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