Persimmons are a stunning fruit visually and viscerally; mildly tart, their flavor is reminiscent of sweet papaya but has a firmer texture.
Enjoy persimmon butter on your morning muffin, crumpets, toast, or my new personal favorite, French crepes, (2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, pinch salt, 2 tablespoon butter for sauté pan).
Persimmons (UK /pəˈsɪmən/ or US /pərˈsɪmən/) are the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. Diospyros is in the family Ebenaceae. The most widely cultivated species is the Asian persimmon, Diospyros kaki. In color the ripe fruit of the cultivated strains range from light yellow-orange to dark red-orange depending on the species and variety. They similarly vary in size from 1.5 to 9 cm (0.5 to 4 in) in diameter, and in shape the varieties may be spherical, acorn-, or pumpkin-shaped. The calyx generally remains attached to the fruit after harvesting, but becomes easy to remove once the fruit is ripe. The ripe fruit has a high glucose content. The protein content is low, but it has a balanced protein profile. Persimmon fruits have been put to various medicinal and chemical uses.
- 20 peeled and cubed persimmons, about 6 cups chopped fruit
- 1/2 cup bottled lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- Sugar to taste, optional
- 1 Cinnamon stick, optional
- Peel, hull and cube persimmons
- In a large heavy bottom stock pot, combine fruit and 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- Cook over medium heat allowing fruit to soften and release juices, about 30 minutes
- Add remaining lemon juice and taste for sweetness, add sugar to taste if necessary
- Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly to keep the bottom of the pan from burning
- Remove from heat
- With a potato masher or using an immersion blender, blend until consistency is smooth like Butter, it should resemble thick applesauce.
- Pur hot butter into sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace,
- Remove air bubbles by running a thin knife around the side of the jar, wipe rims with a damp clean towel to remove any food residue, top with clean lids and screw on rims
- Transfer to large water bath with enough water to cover jars, bring water to a boil, begin processing time at the boil, and process for 15 minutes
- Cinnamon and sugar can be added to flavor the butter however, persimmons have such a sweet and delicate flavor, I usually don't add them.