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P is for persimmon

I've had persimmons before. I think I knew them as sharon fruit at the time, but the name 'persimmon' carries a whiff of the exotic with it, of bazaars and spices and far distant lands, whereas 'sharon fruit' carries a whiff of... well, not so much. So let's keep it persimmons, if you're good with that?

I think my last encounter with the persimmon I just ate the fruit as it was, unadorned. It can't have been an overly exciting introduction, because I don't remember there being a second encounter any time afterwards.

Handily, then, I saw a recipe for persimmon with walnut dressing in one of my favourite cookbooks, The Asian Vegan Kitchen.

The recipe involves peeling the fruit, and smothering it in a nutty dressing.

I was quite surprised by how delicious it was - the walnuts were dark and rich, and there was a nice, boozy kick of sake too.

The recipe was listed as a shojin ryori dish - the temple cuisine of Japanese Buddhist monks - and presumably a main dish at that.

It didn't feel that way to me, more like a sweet, fruity dessert - and just as lovely for that.

Was it enough to convince me to eat more persimmons? No - but it definitely did convince me that covering most things in walnut and sake sauce will make it taste wonderful, though.

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  1. I've never eaten persimmons before but that walnut and sake sauce sounds really interesting.

  2. I love these. They are great in a smoothie when they are really ripe and sweet.

  3. Nice find! I'd love to try this out soon, sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing by the way. :)


  4. I love that you're trying all of these ingredients that you wouldn't normally eat/cook with. I have probably tried persimmons at one time or another but I wouldn't ever think to buy them. This dish does look lovely, I bet the walnuts were a nice addition

  5. Sharon fruit? Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha! :) And everything is better with sake! I haven't really had awesome persimmon experiences but they always tempt me in the grocery store, lookin' all delectable at this time of year.


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