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Persimmons aren’t very common unless you live in the South, but look for them in the grocery store around the holidays. They’re usually found near the exotic tropical fruit and they’re bright orange.


Fun Facts

  • The two types of persimmons you might see in a grocery store are Fuyu and Hachiya persimmons. Fuyu persimmons are flat on the bottom. They can be eaten raw or cooked and taste a little bit like sweet pumpkin. Astringent Hachiya persimmons are rounded or pointed on the bottom. They’re really, really soft when ripe and are used most often for baking. They’re very tart until they’re ripe.
  • Native to China, persimmons grow in warm climates, such as Texas and California.
  • There are over 2,000 varieties of persimmons, but only the two above are grown commercially.
  • Persimmons are in season in the fall to early winter. They have a glossy, bright orange skin.
  • Persimmons are a good source of vitamin C, carotene, phenolic compounds, and iron.
  • Persimmons are members of the berry family.



  1. Exotic: unusual
  2. Glossy: shiny
  3. Astringent: sour; makes the mouth pucker


Questions and Answers

Question: How should I cook persimmons?

Answer: Persimmons can be baked in custards and puddings or sliced in salads.


Learn More

Visit a persimmon orchard with Martha Stewart.



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