Learn how to cut persimmon like a pro and enjoy this unique seasonal fruit while they’re stocked! Eat them like an apple or once sliced add them to a variety of recipes like a fresh fall persimmon salad.
Learn how to cut persimmon
If you haven’t had the chance to pick up some persimmons, then you need to get on that right away.
Persimmons are seasonal, so they will only be available through December, and and you don’t want to miss out on getting your hands on some.
In my Persimmon Cookies post I introduced you to two varieties of persimmons; fuyu and hachiya.
Fuyu are shaped like little pumpkins or squat-like tomatoes, which is the variety I slice up and eat like an apple, use in salads or top on yogurt.
Here I share how to cut a persimmon like a pro!
First, you want to pick firm fuyu persimmons. If the persimmon is too soft, then they won’t slice up nicely.
How to cut persimmon step 1 – Remove the leaf top
After washing and drying the persimmon place on a cutting board.
With a paring knife cut around the leafy top and gently pull it off and discard.
Note that the leaf portion of the persimmon does not sit deep into the persimmon, so you will only need to cut down about 1/4″ – 1/2″ around the core.
How to cut persimmon step 2 – Cut in half
After you have removed the stem and leaves, turn the persimmon over with cut leaf portion faced down on the cutting board.
Slice the persimmon in half.
How to cut persimmon step 3 – Slice or dice
Lay the persimmon with the flesh side down on the cutting board, and with a sharp knife slice into thin wedges.
Here you will mimic the way you would but an orange or apple.
Now you are ready to use these sliced persimmons in recipes or enjoy just as it is.
Alternatively, slice the persimmon starting from the bottom of the fruit into round circles.
Finally, another option is to dice the persimmons.
You will slice in thick wedges, then cut each wedge in half or thirds.
Now that you have your sliced persimmons there a a variety of ways to use them.
Where can I find persimmons?
Not every grocery store will carry persimmons, but during the fall they are easy to spot because they stand out just like pomegranates!
I found fuyu persimmons at my local grocery store.
Costco Warehouse also had Hachiya persimmons the last few times I visited the store.
In addition, my local produce stand had both persimmon varieties, so be sure to check out your local Farmer’s market.
- Fuyu Persimmon
- Cutting Board
- Paring Knife
Step 1 Remove the leaf top
Clean and dry persimmon. With a paring knife cut around the leafy top and gently pull it off and discard.
Step 2 Cut in half
Place the persimmon cut side down on the cutting board over and slice the persimmon in half.
Step 3 Slice in wedges, circles or dice
Slice or dice the persimmon. To slice in wedges place the flesh side down on the cutting board and cut into 1/8th inch wedges.
To slice in round symmetrical slices, start slicing from the bottom of the persimmon in 1/8th to 1/4" slices.
To dice, slice in wedges, then cut in half or thirds.
Pick firm persimmons. It isn't necessary to remove the skin.
Be sure to check out this How To Cut Pineapple post too!
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