If you haven’t tried persimmons, the ideal fruit for this season, you should think about putting it on your next grocery list. Persimmons are subtly sweet with a texture similar to tomatoes, making them crazy versatile to cook with. Part of the berry family, persimmons are loaded in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, help maintain good vision, healthy skin, strong teeth and bones. Plus, this fruit has shown to improve heart health and can be beneficial for boosting the immune system. Not only an easy remedy for winter wellness, but also pairs perfectly with all your favorite holiday dishes. Toss them in salads, soups, try them roasted, make a syrup, or try our fruit butter recipe below! The possibilities are endless!
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey
3 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 cups of chopped and peeled apples and pears and persimmons
1. Chop the persimmons, apples and pears into 1/2” chunks. Place in a pot with just a little bit of water to cover the bottom. Heat on low and keep stirring until the fruit is soft.
2. Mash larger pieces with a potato masher and add lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract and allow contents to summer until thickened for about one hour.
2. Remove from heat and transfer to a blender (optional) for a smooth consistency. After blended ladle the hot butter into clean, sterilized mason jars and store. Makes a great food swapping trade or holiday gift.
Yields abou 2 pints.