A delicious balance of rich chocolate and sweet, fruity persimmons
60g dark chocolate
Heaped tsp coconut oil
2 ripe persimmons
2 tbsp agave/maple syrup
Tbsp chia seeds
Juice from 2 oranges
1/4 cup canned coconut milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp cacao powder
50g dark chocolate
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch ground ginger
1. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together and add some of this into two silicone cupcake cases bringing it up and around the edges to create a case.
2. Pop these into the fridge for 20 minutes, then add a second layer of chocolate and return to the fridge.
3. To make the jam, peel and chop the persimmons into small pieces and add these into a saucepan with the sweetener and orange juice.
4. Heat over medium until the persimmons break down into a puree, then add in the chia seeds and reduce to a simmer. Allow the jam to thicken, then remove from the heat.
5. For the mousse, combine the coconut milk, maple syrup, spices and cacao powder and mix well.
6. Melt the chocolate, then pour this into your mixture whist whisking. The mousse should thicken as the chocolate cools.
7. Carefully remove the chocolate cup from the cases once they are completely set. Add a spoonful of cooled jam into each of the chocolate shells and top with the mousse.
8. Leave these in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill before serving.
(Recipe created by Charlotte Roberts)
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.