This gorgeous fruity crumble is both vegan and gluten free!
For the filling…
3-4 persimmons, sliced and into quarters
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
For the topping…
50g oat flour
100g almonds, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
120g maple syrup
40g vegan butter/margarine, melted
- Preheat the oven to 160C (fan) or 180C (conventional).
- Chop the persimmons into slices and then chop them into quarters. Arrange in a baking dish, pour over the maple syrup and sprinkle over the cinnamon. Stir together.
- Make the topping: stir together the oats, oat flour, chopped almonds and cinnamon. Pour in the maple syrup and melted vegan butter/margarine and stir well to form a crumble topping.
- Spoon the topping over the fruit and press down slightly. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top. Serve warm with ice cream, yoghurt, custard or on its own.
(Recipe created by Amy Lanza)
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.