I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that this was my first time trying persimmon. I was getting stuck in a smoothie rut and needed to change it up. So I bought four persimmons and they’ve been sitting on the kitchen window sill for a few days. I didn’t really know what I was looking for when I bought them.
Turns out the ones I chose appear to be quite bruised. I should have researched persimmons BEFORE I bought them because now I know that I should have looked for the ones that have deep orange (or red, depending on the type) tones, are plump and round in shape, and have a smooth, glossy surface. Live and learn.
I also learned that there are two common types of persimmons – Fuyu (non-astringent) and Hachiya (astringent). Without knowing it, I bought the Fuyu type (I’m pretty sure there was only one type available). The Fuyu persimmons are short and squatty, like a tomato.
They can be eaten while still firm (but ripe), like an apple, including the peel. Their flavor is sweet and tastes kind of like a cross between a pear and a cantaloupe. The Hachiya type is more elongated and has an oval shape. Their astringent peel is not good for eating and they have a very tart taste unless they are perfectly ripe.
The Fuyu type is great for smoothies because all you do is hull them by cutting out their top leaves and attached flesh, cut them into quarters and toss them in the blender. Super easy. If you can find organic persimmons, buy ’em. If not, be sure to wash them really well first.
Yields 2 smoothies (or one really big one)
Vegan Tropical Smoothie with Persimmon (Gluten-free)
- ⅓ cup apple juice
- ⅓ cup cold water
- 1 Tbsp lecithin granules*
- 2 Tbsp coconut flakes
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and cut in half
- 2 ripe Fuyu persimmons, hulled and quartered
- ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 4-5 large ice cubes
Optional power-boosting add-ins:
- 1-2 handfuls of spinach or kale (will change the smoothie color to green)
- ¼ cup sprouts
Lecithin granules are optional, but… besides making smoothies creamy, lecithin has many benefits including increased heart and liver health, lowered cholesterol, and improved brain function (including memory). It also relieves heartburn and acidity.
Place all ingredients (in the order listed) into a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix. If using greens and/or sprouts, add them before adding the fruit. Begin blending on slow and increase speed until pineapple chunks are puréed and the texture is smooth and creamy.
Garnish with additional coconut flakes if you like. Enjoy!