Persimmon: Recipes for Your Holiday Table (Week 43, 52 New Foods) November 05 2012, 23 Comments

persimmon recipes for the holidays

Move over baked apples. Persimmon is our new food of the week and the votes are in: it’s a landslide victory!  

During the holidays, we always feature our traditional family favorite recipes like cranberry sauce and homemade pumpkin pie. But this year, in honor of our 52 New Foods Challenge, we wanted to add a few new additions to our holiday table. On our weekly visit to the local farmers’ market, my kids spotted overflowing bushels of beautiful persimmons. We loaded them into our basket, baked them up with a little honey and cinnamon and discovered a new fall treat that will most definitely be making an appearance at our holiday table this year.

Baked Persimmon

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 to 50 minutes
Yield: Makes 8 servings

persimmon recipes ingredients


4 medium Fuyu persimmons
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ginger
1 cup hot water


1. Cut the tops off the persimmons. Slice the remaining fruit in half, horizontally. Place in a foil lined baking pan.

Note: Admire the beautiful pattern inside the fruit.

persimmon recipes step 1

persimmon recipes step 1b

2. Add the honey and spices to the cup of hot water. Mix gently until dissolved.

persimmon recipes step 2

3. Pour the honey mixture over the persimmons. Cover and bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the fruit is soft.

persimmon recipes step 3

4. Garnish with a drizzle of the honey cinnamon syrup.

persimmon recipes for the holidays

baked persimmon

What we Liked:
We searched through several persimmon recipes, but this simple dish from The Kitchn was easy and tasty. You can also enjoy the simple pleasures of persimmon by just slicing the fruit and adding to a hearty fall salad.     

* Do you have a favorite persimmon recipe? How do you like to prepare this delicious fall fruit?

Craving more easy recipes to try? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Homemade pumpkin pie!

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color® -- the award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun, easy and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at