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Raw Pumpkin Spiced Persimmon Pudding

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persimmons12In order to create a successful persimmon pudding,  you must make doubly sure that the persimmons are ripe.  An unripe persimmon is very astringent and nowhere near as pleasurable as the sweetness of a slightly overripe one. When they’re ripe they’ll be very soft, almost jelly-like inside, and incredibly delicious.  Freezing the fruit overnight and then thawing softens the fruit and also removes the astringency but is not necessary if the fruit is already ripe.

There may be more varieties but the only two that I have seen. The first is the Fuyu Persimmon which is short and firm. They’re crisp and sweet and the skin can be eaten or removed, a great variety for eating fresh.  That is what I used in this recipe.  The other type is called, Hachiya which is longer and more “peach-shaped.”  They need to be eaten when very soft.  Best eaten chilled, or scooped out with a spoon, these ones are best for cooking.

A special warning… If you eat the Hachiya type of persimmon before it’s completely ripe, you will find it bitter and chalky, and will have the strongest mouth puckering experience of your life.  It will even numb your lips and tongue for a short moment.   How is that for a little excitement in your day? hehe  It is noted that you can avoid this by soaking the persimmon in salt water for a minute before you eat it.  The salt will remove most of the bitter taste in your mouth.   Alternately, simply wait until the Hachiya persimmon is soft and ripe. Or again, you can freeze it as I mentioned above.  This will take away the chalky, tangy, bitter taste.  Once defrosted it can be eaten in all its warm gooey splendor.

To ripen firm astringent varieties, store at room temperature. To expedite process, place in paper bag with apple or banana.

Ingredients: yields 1 3/4 cups

Pudding:

  • 1 cup  ripe persimmon flesh
  • 1 cup young Thai coconut meat
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2  tsp pumpkin pie spice
Topping options:
  • A slice of dried persimmon

Preparation:

  1. Be sure that the persimmons ripe.  They will feel mushy.  Cut in half and with a spoon, remove the flesh of the fruit and place in the blender.
  2. Add the coconut meat, water, vanilla, maple syrup and pumpkin spice.   Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into 2 single serving cups and top with a dried persimmon.  Enjoy right away or chill in the fridge.  It will thicken some as it chills.
  4. You can dehydrate persimmons too!  They are so gorgeous in how they retain their color. Click (here) on how to dry them.

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4 thoughts on “Raw Pumpkin Spiced Persimmon Pudding

  1. Veggie says:

    What an interesting recipe. I will have to try it. Your blog is so lovely and you are so generous with your recipes. Thank you. I hope you turn your site into an app oneday. There are websites that will let you create an app out of your site for free. Are you planning on making any DVDs? I will be sure to purchase one if you do.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thanks Veggie :) I don’t have any plans yet to create an app. It’s not as easy as one may think, nor is it ever free. Just getting my site usable on mobile devices was a job! I have so much content, plug-ins, photos, etc. The foundation / behind the scenes of Nouveau Raw is complicated. :) But one never knows what the future holds. Thank you for your kind words and have a great evening. amie sue

  2. mari says:

    I love persimmons I also blend it up put in ice cube trays for later use yummy! I am going to try your idea thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good way to preserve them for the future recipes since they have such a small window of being on the market. :) Have a blessed day Mari. Amie sue

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