Move over Pumpkin, the new fruit of fall is here!

 
 

As you may know by now, I'm quite the fruit lover, and just last week I discovered a new fruit that is unique and very tasty.  This bright beauty is called a persimmon, it's most commonly a bright orange color and is sometimes mistaken for a tomato.  The skin is a little crunchy and the inside has a consistency kind of like a peach.  Best of all, if you pick the right kind, it can taste just like sugar! 

For a festive twist, sprinkle it with cinnamon and enjoy.  You can even couple it with some nog or cider for a treat that's sure to satisfy!

 
 

Persimmon can be used to make jams and jellies and even can be used to make Persimmon, smoothies, breads, pudding, cakes, or pies.  If you're not a fan of pumpkin for your fall recipe try this fall fruit alternative, and see what YOU think!

A couple Persimmon facts for you:  

1)  Though it looks a lot like a tomato, it's actually in the berry family, full of antioxidants! 

2) There are two varieties of persimmon, astringent and non-astringent. The non-astringent look most like a tomato, are flatter and sweet and edible from crunchy to soft.  The astringent variety look more like an apple, are taller and quite bitter untill fully ripe or soft! 

I fully recommend the non-astringent type like the pic below, and think you'll agree - they are most delicious and sweet!

You can buy them at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, sometimes even Publix. Have you seen them, tried them? Have a favorite recipe? Sound off in the comments below!