A great family-friendly dessert, using delicious persimmons, to make with the kids that’ll warm bones and fill bellies on a cold day.
300g Thai sticky rice
400ml can of coconut milk
3 tsp sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp butter
1. Take the Thai sticky rice and cook as per packet instructions (normally in about 450g water, covered for 15 mins then allow to rest for 10 mins).
2. Pour the coconut milk in a pan and heat gently, mixing in three spoons of sugar and a pinch of salt.
3. Remove from the heat and pour over the cooked sticky rice.
4. Melt down a knob of butter and cook until brown and foamy then add a teaspoon of cinnamon.
5. Thickly slice a few persimmons and garnish with a little mint.
6. Spoon the rice onto a plate and drizzle with the butter.
(Recipe created by Adam Shaw)
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.