Persimmon Salsa: Delicious Topping For Broiled Salmon

Easy broiled salmon with persimmon salsa
Easy broiled salmon with persimmon salsa | Source
Waiting patiently for persimmons to ripen.
Waiting patiently for persimmons to ripen. | Source

What Are Persimmons?

Persimmons are tasty little fruits with a wonderful aroma and a sweet flavor that is akin to mango and papaya. Essential oil of persimmon is used in candle making for scented candles and other scented products. Deer hunters sometimes use a spray infused with persimmon to attract deer.

There are several varieties of persimmons. The ones that I am going to use in my easy broiled salmon with persimmon salsa recipe are known as American persimmons. They are native to much of the United States. Here in the Southeast they grow in the wild at the edge of the forest. Although they are small with little fruit and large seeds, their fantastic flavor make them worthy of mention. Best of all, my persimmons are free.

Finally ripe! These persimmons are hanging on for dear life although the leaves have been blown away.
Finally ripe! These persimmons are hanging on for dear life although the leaves have been blown away. | Source

Persimmon Varieties

The different varieties of persimmons are classified into two large groups of astringent and non-astringent. An astringent is a substance that shrinks bodily tissues. My American variety of persimmons are definitely astringent. They ripen very late in the growing season. If eaten before ripe the experience is most unpleasant.

Some claim that persimmons won't be fully ripe until after the first frost. Others say they need to be 'rotten' in order to be edible. This last claim is of course not true since by definition rotten means spoiled or decomposing.

But one thing is for sure. You will definitely want to eat American persimmons that are totally ripe. Otherwise, your mouth will feel like it has been turned inside out!

Some supermarkets carry varieties that are non astringent like Fuyu or Jiro. Both of these are larger and offer more 'meat' than the little American persimmons. They are native to Asia and much harder to find. I will be using astringent (but ripe) American persimmons in my easy broiled salmon with persimmon salsa recipe.

Be sure to see the table that follows for information about the varieties of persimmons.

Using Persimmons in Recipes

Persimmons have traditionally been cooked into puddings and made into preserves. Try dried persimmons in trail mix recipes. Fuyu and Hachiya persimmons have a texture that makes them good for snacking on as fresh fruit. Persimmons have been baked in breads and cookies. They have been used to make persimmon butter which is similar to apple butter. Persimmons have even been used in brewing beers.

Following is my recipe for a delicious persimmon salsa that goes great with grilled or broiled seafood like salmon. Use the salsa with your favorite way to prepare salmon or any fish. I like the quick easy broiler recipe that calls for melted butter and broiled about six inches under the broiler.

Fresh ingredients for persimmon salsa
Fresh ingredients for persimmon salsa | Source

Ingredients for Persimmon Salsa and Broiled Salmon

  • 1 and 1/2 Cups Persimmon pulp, seeds removed
  • 2 TBS Red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 TBS Tomitillo or green tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 TBS Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Cilantro, chopped
  • Dash Cumin
  • 1 and1/2 to 2 Lbs. Salmon, fresh farm raised or sock eye
  • 1/4 cup Butter

Instructions for Easy Broiled Salmon with Persimmon Salsa

  1. Mix ingredients for the salsa and refrigerate at least one hour
  2. Place salmon in a glass baking dish.
  3. Melt butter and pour over the salmon
  4. Broil for about 15 minutes, or until flakey
  5. Top with salsa and serve

Dried Persimmons

Some types of dried persimmons are a tasty and healthy addition to trail mix recipes.

Ripe persimmons!
Ripe persimmons! | Source

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Health benefits of Persimmons

Persimmons are surprisingly healthy. Low in calories and rich in dietary fiber, they contain the following vitamins, minerals and antioxidants: vitamins C and B-comples, folic acid, thiamine, flavonoids and antioxidents catechins and gallocatechins that ward off harful free radicals, potassium, manganese, copper and phosphorus.

Persimmon Varieties

Persimmon
Native Location
Characteristics
American Persimmon
United States
astringent, small and golden orange, bitter until very ripe
Black Persimmon
Mexico, Australia, South America
dark brown , eat when very ripe, used in puddings,etc.
Non-astringent Asian, Fuyu and Jiro
Asia
Jiro, yellow-orange, round, fuyu deep orange, tomato-shaped
Japanese Persimmon
Japan, China, Burma, Himalyas
brownish-red when ripe, astringent
Astirngent Asian
Asia
Eureka, flat,red fruit & Tanenashi, cone-shaped, orange-yellow
Mabolo Persimmon
Philippines
sometimes called velvet apple, bright red when ripe
Indian Persimmon
Coastal West Bengal
yellow when ripe, used more in medicine than cooking
Caucasian Persimmon
Grown on American farms
greenish yellow, sweet-sour taste
Hachiya Persimmon
Native to China
deep orange, acorn-shaped, very sweet

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This looks so good! I am not crazy about salmon so dressing like this make it so good and edible for those like me who want to eat right and enjoy it while we do. Thank you! ^


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Jackie. I am about to have an early lunch with this salmon. Yummy!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I love the persimmon idea. Will have to experiment. Thanks for sharing this.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

We love our salmon here in Washington State, and I've never tried it with persimmon, so this comes in handy. Great suggestion and we will be trying it for sure.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks! Just make sure they are real ripe! You could also use the ones at the market.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks carol. I hope you like the persimmon salsa.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I have not had a persimmon before but I am willing to try one. It seems to hold healthful benefits for the body. I have heard that if you taste them unripe, your mouth will pucker up beyond belief. I love salmon, so this may be a recipe that will give us good treat some time.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Yes, that is true. You have to wait until they are really, really ripe. But then they are soooo sweet!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Persimmon salsa! How interesting! I love persimmons but have never used them in a savory dish before. This is certainly a must-try!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

This looks interesting, I shall certainly add this to my recipe collection. Thank you.


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CyberShelley 4 years ago

the persimmon salsa idea looks delicious and so different. Thank you for posting this recipe! Up, useful and interesting.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks! I hope you guys get a chance to make this tasty salsa. You can always use "tamer" persimmons from the grocery store. They are tasty but the wild persimmons have a flavor that I particularly love.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Rebecca - This looks and sounds fabulous. My grandmother had a persimmon bush tree in the back of her yard many years ago. And it was right on the edge of a small forest/wooded area. What memories. :)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

That sounds very familiar. Persimmons are so nostalgic!


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A wonderful idea and I am sure it has a lovely taste, with such a appetizing description


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

The persimmon salsa is really good. Give it a trY!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love salmon and the recipe as well. It sound delicious. I'll share with my mom. Voted up and YUMMY!!!!!!!

Prasetio


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Awww, how sweet. Thanks prasetio30.


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CyberShelley 4 years ago

I love salmon and the persimmon recipe idea looks mouthwatering!

Thanks for the health tips and sharing. Up, interesting and useful.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks! I hope you get a chance to try it.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Thanks, Rebecca for this lovely recipe. It looks mouthwatering, like Cybershelly says! Sharing and pinning!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

You are welcome. Thanks for the pin!


Adama Gidado 4 years ago

This is excellent information. I have never even heard of Persimmons before. I will try this recipe.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Adama. good luck with the persimmon salsa recipe. It goes great with salmon or most any other fish!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

What a unique recipe! Persimmons have always fascinated me, as they're the only fruit of their kind in N. America. This sounds like a delicious flavor combination. Thank you!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks. I have always been fascinated by persimmons too, even as a child. This recipe for persimmons salsa was lots of fun to dream up. I hope you get a chance to try it!


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MyWifesFood 4 years ago

Grew up in the Southeast. I can remember eating persimmons right off the tree. And you are right, if they aren't ripe--total dishwater. Yuk! Can't wait to try your recipe.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Great! I am glad you are going to try persimmon salsa.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Rebecca,

Would you believe I tasted persimmon seeds for the very first time at a friend's home the other night where we were invited to have dinner. She served them over roasted pheasant and they were delicious!

It was the store bought variety (red and round) and she claimed that the only part edible was the seeds. She gave me a taste of the flesh and it was a bit mouth puckering. Perhaps with all of the other ingredients in the salsa it blends and makes it more palatable?

We have one that was given to us in a fruit basket for Christmas. Have not yet opened it up. How to know when the ones from the stores are ripe? Great timing for reading this hub! Up, useful and interesting votes!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

There are several different varieties of persimmons. They are all different . Thanks for reading the persimmon salsa recipe.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This looks SO yummy. I have been eating totally vegan and mostly raw for a long time now. I love salmon though and we have wild persimmons growing here. My neighbor and I usually gather a lot and press them through a food mill. Then we can freeze the pulp to use all winter long. Next time I fall off the vegan wagon, this is going to be my treat!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Wow, I have never heard of putting the wild persimmons through a food ill, but it really makes sense. Thanks for an awesome comment!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Wow, sounds both sweet and spicy! My kind of taste! Sharing this great recipe!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

It was tasty, thanks for the share!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Salmon is such a lovely fish...it has become my go-to fish whether dining out or at home. Now I confess I have never, ever had persimmon. So trying this will be a whole new adventure. Thanks for sharing this..I am off to try it soon.

Sending you Angels today, Rebecca....:) ps


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks pstraubie48. Enjoy salmon in lots of ways!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome recipe!

I like the idea of the salsa with salmon sounds a delicious treat.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, it was good.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida

O thank you for this..I am in my salsa making craze....I have made many new salsas lately as I am on a new healthier eating regime...not a diet...a life style change. I will be giving this a try soon...I eat lots of salmon...

Hoping all is good with you and yours Rebecca.

Angels are on the way ps


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AudreyHowitt 12 months ago from California

Oh my mouth is watering!


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rebeccamealey 12 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Well make sure those persimmons are good and ripe, Audrey or your mouth will be puckering instead!


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida

Hi Rebecca I imagine I read this before but at this time I am now making lots of salsas and eating lots and lots of salmon so I must give this a try.

Hoping all is good with you on your little corner of the planet. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving...Angels are on the way to you and yours ps

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