Packed with flavour from the spices, this is a fun and vibrant meal to be enjoyed by all!
For the black beans…
2 cans of black beans
1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
Juice from 1/2 lime
For the persimmon salsa…
3 persimmons (diced)
1 small green chilli (diced)
1/4 white onion (diced)
1 garlic clove (crushed)
Juice from 1/2 lime
Handful of fresh coriander (chopped)
1 teaspoon of olive oil
8 mini tacos/tortillas
1 large avocado (mashed)
1. Begin by heating a pan on medium heat. Add two tablespoons of the liquid from the can of black beans to the pan.
2. Drain and rinse both cans of black beans and then add to the pan along with the onion powder, garlic, salt, smoked paprika and lime juice.
3. Next, prepare the salsa by combining all the ingredients.
4. Mash half of the black beans, then combine with the rest and leave to simmer and absorb the liquid for a few minutes more.
5. Load the tacos with shredded lettuce, black beans, smashed avocado and salsa. Top with fresh coriander and chilli flakes.
(Recipe created by Luce Hosier)
Persimon, persimmon or sharon fruit?
The fruit is usually referred to as persimmon (plural persimmons).
Sharon fruit – named after the Sharon plain in Israel – is the marketing name for the Israeli-bred variety. Their astringency is artificially removed, so they can be eaten at all stages of maturity.
Persimon is the trademarked name for the Spanish P.D.O. certified variety of the fruit – spelt with a single ‘m’ to help distinguish it.
The P.D.O quality seal is the only one in the world for a persimmon variety and is recognised by the European Union.
This specific variety is grown in the Ribera del Xúquer Valley, near Valencia. The variety currently grown in the area is called Rojo Brillante (Bright Red).
About the fruit
Persimmons have a sweet, delicate flavour similar to a peach or a mango and they are a good source of antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids.
They make the perfect snack as they don’t require any peeling and don’t contain a stone.
Persimmons are also a high fibre fruit that can help lower cholesterol, reduce blood-sugar levels and keeps your digestive system healthy.
They are available in all major retailers from mid-October until January.
About the recipes
P.D.O Persimon has partnered with six food influencers, who have created a series of recipes featuring the persimmon fruit.