How To Eat A Persimmon

We see these orange-reddish fruit everywhere. They look like…a tomato? They are of Chinese origin. Originally cultivated in both Japan and China for centuries, this fruit is now grown in Italy and other Mediterranean countries, the Middle East and even…Brazil.

We never bothered with them in China but because we see them so much in Brazil and knew they are in China, we figured we best try them so we know what to do when we are back in China.

Persimmons should only be eaten when they are ripe. They are ripe when they are so soft that their sweet, almost jelly-like flesh practically bursts through their skins. You can even hasten ripening process by leaving persimmons in a paper bag along with an apple. There are two common types of persimmons: fuyu and hachiya. I am using  the fuyu variety. The fuyu is supposed to be eaten when it is crunchy, but the hachiya must be very ripe or it supposedly tastes horrible.The persimmon can be eaten fresh or it can be cooked. Persimmons can be dehydrated or dried and eaten as dried fruit. They are great in fruit salads or baked in coffee cake or crisp.

Persimmons are high in beta carotene and minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium and iron, and studies have found that they contain twice as much dietary fibre as apples.

So, I bought some persimmons and made a persimmon dessert. YUMMY!

They look like tomatoes don't they?
They look like tomatoes don’t they?

I thought a very easy dessert to try this interesting fruit would be a persimmon crisp. David & I enjoy all different flavor crisps and this one was delicious.

David enjoyed his sweet dessert. We will definitely be using more persimmons in China!

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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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