Persimmon Buying Guide - Rachael Ray Every Day

Persimmon Buying Guide

These pretty orange fruits are popping up at farmers’ markets and grocery stores, but not all persimmons are the same. Use this guide to pick a winner this winter.
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fuyu persimmon


This short, squat variety is crisp and crunchy, with a delicate apricotish sweetness. A ripe Fuyu is firm but with a slight give, like a ripe pear. Dice it for salsa, wrap wedges in prosciutto, or slice it up and toss it into a salad, like our Green Salad with Persimmons & Feta.

hachiya persimmon


Deep orange and slightly acorn-shaped, a Hachiya persimmon needs to be really ripe before you eat it. Don’t crack open a Hachiya until it’s squishy. Any sooner and it’ll be extremely astringent. Lop off the top and eat the jellylike insides with a spoon. Or mix it into batter for cakes or muffins.