Persimmons are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. The fruit of a number of species of Ebony wood trees, Persimmons are native to almost every continent, but they were first consumed in large quantities in ancient China. Today, two types are commercially available, Hachiya and Fuyu, and they are quite distinguishable by their shape their texture, and their flavor.
Hachiya Persimmons are the most common astringent variety. They contain very high levels of soluble tannins, making them highly unpalatable if consumed before being fully ripe. The astringency of the tannins can be removed by exposure to light for several days, wrapping the fruit in paper for for several days, freezing, and/or artificially (with chemicals). When ripe, these persimmons are quite delicious and are often used for baking.
Fuyu is the most common type of non-astringent persimmon, and can be eaten while very firm, like an apple. Non-astringent persimmons are not actually free of tannins, but are far less astringent before ripening. Fuyu persimmons are round and flat, bright orange in color, and almost look like a mini pumpkin.
DID YOU KNOW: You can ripen Persimmons by placing them in a paper bag at room temperature with an apple or banana.
Price: $ 1.25 per pound and up
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in three locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Saturdays in Coachella, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to Coachella City Hall, 1515 6th Street
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 72-599 Highway 111.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.