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Pleasure Your Palate with Persimmons at the Farmers' Market

The orange fruit is juicy, sweet and excellent for a fall fruit salad. Here's what else is fresh at the farmers' market this week, plus events and recipes. Oct. 25 is the last Thursday farmers' market in Concord for the season.

Pumpkins get all the glory this time of year, but there's another orange product the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) wants you to know about this week — persimmons.

There are hundreds of varieties of this fruit in California, according to PCFMA, ranging in color from light to dark orange. The most common types of persimmons are the acorn-shaped Hachiya and the light orange, tomato-shaped Fuyu. The former is the astringent type, which should be ripened well for sweet, juicy results. The latter kind of persimmon is non-astringent, which means it can be eaten while still firm and is more similar in flavor in texture to a tomato. 

Recipes using Persimmons

Fall Fruit Salad
Fuyu Persimmon and Avocado Salad
Persimmon Bread
Persimmon Bread
Persimmon Chutney and Lamb Chops
Persimmon Cookies
Persimmon Goat Cheese Wedges
Persimmon Pudding Cake
Persimmon Salsa

Farmers' Market Events

Tuesday, Oct. 23: The Giant Pumpkin arrives at the Concord Farmers' Market — guess its weight to win — and Drew James plays in the plaza.

Thursday, Oct. 25: This is the last Thursday farmers' market in Concord for the season.

Saturday, Oct. 27: Enjoy the music of KC Jiang at the Clayton Farmers' Market.

What's In Season

Fruit: Apples, Grapes, Figs, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Strawberries.
Vegetables: Artichokes, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Spinach, Winter Squash.

About the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association

The Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association is a not-for-profit organization that develops, operates and supports Certified Farmers' Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Concord Farmers' Market

Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass & Grant Street

Day Time Season Tuesday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Year-round Thursday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Clayton Farmers' Market

Diablo Street, between Main and Center in Downtown Clayton

Day Time Season Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Do you know the perfect persimmons recipe? Share it in the comments.

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