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JUDY'S TABLE: FUYU PERSIMMONS

Fuyu persimmons are attractive, sweet and delicious.

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fuyu persimmons

Photo: Judy's dad. My parents received the fuyu persimmons above from a neighbor's yard. Don't they look divine?

The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition from U.C. Berkeley (Random House 1992) says persimmons are high in vitamin C content. These fruits, native to Japan, are also high in beta carotene and potassium. They are available in September and peak in November and December.

The fuyu varieties are firm and extremely sweet. Slice in the same way as you would an apple and enjoy as a stand alone for breakfast or a snack. They can be a fun pairing with a brut or spumante.

Like mangos, papayas, apples and tangerines, fuyu persimmons are a wonderful fruit for salads, if you desire a sweet, savory and healthy lunch or dinner.

Grilled Shrimp and Persimmon Salad

Buy ingredients based on your desired yield.

Spring salad mix

Fuyu persimmons, thinly sliced

Pine nuts, amount in sprinkles

Extra virgin olive oil

Limes

Large shrimp, 6-8 shrimp/pound

Garlic powder

Crushed sea salt

Pea shoots

How to prepare

Place mixed salad greens, persimmon slices and pine nuts in large salad bowl

Sprinkle crushed salt on top of mix

Pour extra virgin olive oil over salad mix

Squeeze lime juice over the lettuce, note: add less lime juice than olive oil

Toss salad and place on plates

Separately, sprinkle large shrimps, shelled and deveined, with garlic powder and crushed salt

Grill the shrimp

Place several shrimps on top of each salad

Sprinkle fresh pea shoots on top of each salad and serve

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