Persimmons have become one of my favorite smoothie fruits. Their sweet and mild flavor goes with many combinations. Unfortunately persimmon season is winding down, (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), so before they’re gone for the year I decided to buy 5 lbs to freeze for future use. I like persimmons in the pumpkin or sweet potato pie smoothie, as well as in other random combinations. Lately I’ve been simply pairing them with just cranberries or pomegranate.
Most of the persimmons I use do not have seeds, but occasionally they do. I haven’t tried eating the seeds, but they are big enough that they don’t seem like they would be good in a smoothie. I’ve started using a new technique to check and remove any seeds if necessary. Simply cut along the fruit’s equator:
If there are no seeds the knife will go easily through. If there are any seeds you’ll feel them with the knife. Rotate the fruit to cut on all sides of the seed. Then pull the sides apart and any seeds will be easily accessible to pull out:
I’ve never frozen persimmons before but I think it will work well. I cut them into quarters and placed them on cookie sheets in the freezer. Once partially frozen I transferred them to a freezer bag, and now I’ll be able to have persimmon smoothies throughout the year.
Finally, here’s another tasty persimmon smoothie recipe:
½ cup cranberries
½ cup blueberries*
½ cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp chia seeds
4 ice cubes
Blend on high until smooth and enjoy.
*I use frozen blueberries, and I’ve generally found the “wild” ones to taste best.