Persimmons are available at Woodlands Market! Both of our persimmon varieties are grown organically in Madera, California, and will be in stock until the season ends. Now is the time to get your hands on these winter delicacies—whether you eat them raw, dried, or cooked, persimmons will be available at Woodlands until February.

Persimmons are an excellent source of fiber, and are rich in B complex vitamins as well as vitamins A and C. They also contain phytochemicals and healthy amounts of potassium, manganese, copper, and phosphorus.

Before you buy, make sure you know the difference between these two persimmon varieties, which are very different from each other.

Fuyu persimmons are flat on the bottom and are eaten while still hard and crisp, like an apple. They’re a great snack, and go well in salads, or paired with cheeses such as gouda or goat.

Hachiya (or “baking”) persimmons are more acorn-shaped and elongated on the bottom, and should be very soft to the touch and wrinkled before they’re ready to eat. Streaks of black are not a problem, and may even indicate sweetness. When ripe, these persimmons are very sweet and can be eaten with a spoon, or used in baked goods. Here’s an award-winning persimmon pudding recipe that’s a favorite of ours.