persimmons sitting on a window ledge

It’s persimmon season! I can assure you I’ve been taking full advantage of it. Persimmons are amazing. I never even knew this fruit existed until just last year! How was one of Nature’s best fruit kept a secret from me for so long? I’m not quite sure but it turns out there are a lot of people who have never had a persimmon. Although they’re in season now, you can’t find them in any grocery store in Austin. Central Market occasionally has about 5 in stock in a hidden spot. Whole Foods, HEB, Randalls, Trader Joes, Sprouts, Fresh Plus, and all the stores don’t have any. I’m not entirely sure why. My only guess is that in order for them to taste good, they need to be super ripe. However, when they’re properly ripe, they basically split open. Having open, leaking fruit might be a nightmare for a store wanting to keep a hygienic display. That’s just a guess but it’s a pity people don’t have ready access to this fruit.

Where do I get my persimmons? From the farmer’s market! On Wednesday I buy them from a farmer at the Triangle market and on Saturdays I buy them from a farmer at the downtown market. They are already very ripe so I eat them right away. I get a couple cratefulls each trip. So about 100 per week. I eat about 15 in one sitting which is a meal on it’s own.

Here’s a secret to shopping at the farmer’s markets. If you go just before closing, they’ll often give you a discount or they’ll even just give you a crate for free. They know it’s just going to go to waste otherwise so they’re happy to get rid of it.

There are two different types of persimmons. Fuyu and Hachiya. Fuyu are yellow and hachiya are orange/red. Fuyu are best eaten when they are crisp. Hachiya are best eaten when they’re totally soft, shriveled, and about ready to break open. Hachiya are the ones in the picture above. They taste sweet with a hint of cinnamon. Hachiyas are ideal to use in jams, chutneys, sorbets, baked goods, and other desserts. However, I’m a pure persimmon lover so I bite into it just like a really ripe peach. Prepare to get goo all over your hands and face but it’s so worth it. My dear Persimmons, you are perfect. I love you and I love the farmers who grow you.

Fellow Belly Adventurers, visit your local farmer’s market and hunt down some persimmons. You’ll be so glad you did!

Nom & Happiness,

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