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My persimmons are taking forever to ripen, can I speed up the ripening process?

The anticipation of sinking your teeth into a ripe, juicy persimmon can be both thrilling and frustrating when faced with unripe fruit. Luckily, there are ways to speed up the ripening process, ensuring you can enjoy the sweet succulence of persimmons sooner rather than later. Additionally, we'll explore delicious recipes, including a mouthwatering Persimmon Loaf, to make the most of your ripened bounty.

How to Speed Up Persimmon Ripening

Brown Paper Bag Method

  • Place unripe persimmons in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana or apple.

  • The ethylene gas produced by these fruits accelerates the ripening of persimmons.

  • Seal the bag and leave it at room temperature for 24-48 hours.

Ethylene-Rich Fruits

  • Keep unripe persimmons in a bowl alongside ethylene-producing fruits like apples or tomatoes.

  • The released gas helps speed up the natural ripening process.

Ripening in a Sunny Spot

  • Place persimmons in a sunny spot, as sunlight can enhance the ripening process.

  • Ensure proper ventilation to prevent mold growth.

Paper Towel Wrap

  • Wrap unripe persimmons individually in paper towels.

  • Store them in a cool, dark place for a couple of days.

Freeze Them

  • Place unripe persimmons in the freezer for 8-10 hours or overnight.

  • Remove from freezer for about 3 hours.

Persimmon Recipes

Persimmon and Prosciutto Salad

  • Ingredients: Ripe persimmons, prosciutto slices, arugula, goat cheese, balsamic glaze.

  • Instructions: Arrange sliced persimmons, prosciutto, and arugula on a plate. Crumble goat cheese over the top and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Persimmon Smoothie

  • Ingredients: Ripe persimmons, banana, Greek yogurt, honey, ice cubes.

  • Instructions: Blend peeled and chopped persimmons with banana, yogurt, honey, and ice cubes until smooth. Enjoy a refreshing smoothie.

Grilled Persimmon Skewers

  • Ingredients: Ripe persimmons, honey, cinnamon, skewers.

  • Instructions: Thread persimmon slices onto skewers, brush with honey, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Grill for a few minutes on each side until caramelized.

Persimmon Loaf


  • 2 cups ripe persimmon pulp

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts or raisins (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a loaf pan.

  2. Prepare persimmon pulp by peeling and scooping flesh out of the persimmon. You can blend or smash with the back of a fork.

  3. In a large bowl, mix persimmon pulp, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the persimmon mixture, stirring until just combined.

  6. Fold in nuts or raisins if desired. f. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

  7. Allow the Persimmon Loaf to cool before slicing.

Speeding up the ripening time of persimmons doesn't just satisfy your impatience; it opens up a world of culinary possibilities. From vibrant salads to sweet and spiced loaves, ripe persimmons lend their unique flavor and texture to a variety of dishes. Experiment with these recipes and savor the sweet rewards of your accelerated persimmon ripening journey.

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