In the midwest and southeastern part of the United States recipes for persimmon cake, puddings, cookies, cheesecakes and ice cream are as popular as pumpkin recipes. I had not eaten anything persimmon in central Indiana until I married and lived in southern Indiana. It was a yearly treat for my husband’s family. So I learned to like this strange little fruit. It is bitter if eaten before it’s time, it’s ripe after the first frost. Best eaten in desserts with whipped cream.
An interesting fact about this tree, there has to be a male and female tree for the tree to produce the fruit. How can you tell the difference between trees? You have to wait until the flowers come out in the spring. It’s all in how the flowers are attached to the branch. All hunters need to go out early October to find the female trees to hang their stand. Deer also like the persimmons.
The fruit is round, spicy-sweet when ripe, yellow to deep red with flat seeds. To get the pulp from the fruit it must first be run through a food mill to separate the skin and seeds.
The pulp can be frozen. Nutritionally the persimmon is high in vitamins A and C.
Trees are harder to find now in the wild, unless you know where to go. One time we found a tree down by Lake Monroe, south of Bloomington, Indiana. The best spot we have now to gather persimmons belongs to a favorite aunt. My husband has eyed the tree for this year and it is loaded and hanging heavy. The following recipe is from Aunt’s Recipe Collection.
American Persimmon Cake
American Persimmon Cake
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
- In a medium bowl, add flour, sea salt, cinnamon, soda; whisk to blend. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
- Add the persimmon pulp and blend.
- Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the sour milk, beat after each addition.
- Add the vanilla.
- Pour into the prepared 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
- Bake 45 minutes or when cake tester is inserted, it comes out clean.
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