Persimmon Salsa Fresca
EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE
THEME : AN INGREDIENT BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER P
A different flavored salsa that can be enjoyed with some tortilla chips or simply relish it as a refreshing salad.
What is Persimmon?
Persimmon also known as Sharon Fruit, this tomato shaped fruit is actually a berry. Yes, a huge berry. Mostly persimmon is an autumn fruit. There are two varieties of persimmon – the more astringent one hachiya variety and the non astringent fuyu. The hachiya variety you need to wait till it ripens fully to enjoy the sweetness of the pulp or jelly like flesh. The fuyu one can be eaten like an apple and the flesh is a bit more firm.
What is a Salsa?
Technically, a salsa is a sauce made with cooked ingredients the most common being tomato, onion, cilantro, chilis and lemon juice. Salsa Fresca or Pico de Gallo is a fresh sauce. No cooking takes place for the Salsa Fresca. The ingredients are chopped and mixed together. Usually enjoyed with some tortilla chips or on its own as a starter or a salad.
Some Salsa Recipes that may interest you:
A bit about the group
This group started by fellow bloggers Vidya and Jolly, is themed based. This month we have to use any ingredient whose English name begins with P. Not too difficult as the options are endless. There are several ingredients that one can use like potatoes, pears, pomegranate, pepper, pepper mint, plums, papaya, paprika, paneer, parsley, parmesan cheese, peach, peanuts, peas, pistachio, are just a few that come to my mind. As by now my followers will know, I don’t go to shop because of the Covid situation but get my grocery, vegetables and fruits delivered. We send message by WhatsApp to the relevant shop or supplier and the goods get supplied to our doorstep the next day.
Yeahhhh ! I got some Persimmon
I had requested the veggie supplier to get me some pears or peaches. He took the liberty of supplying me with persimmon and I did a little happy dance as I had no idea they were available. I got the fuyu variety. As fuyu variety is a bit firm you can use it for salads, bakes, etc. I decided to make a Salsa Fresca – fresh salsa to have as a light meal. Hubby can never make salad as his meal but I can. While he enjoyed his roti sabji (which by the way I’m so tired of!) I had a huge helping of Persimmon Salsa Fresca.
Some Dishes Beginning with P ingredient you may want to try:
- Eggless Pear Upside Down Cake
- Mediterranean Pearl Couscous Salad
- Pearl Millet and Almond Cookies
- Pear and Brie Salad
- Roasted Pepper Soup
- Pasta with Parsley Walnut Pesto
- Peach Cardamom Lassi
- Banana Peanut Butter and Oats Smoothie
- Jolly’s easy to make Potato Tomato Stir Fry
- Vidya’s Pear Salad with Feta Cheese, Apples and Walnuts is on my list to try
- Potato Poppy Seed Curry
- Baked Potato
- Pomegranate and Vanilla Panna Cotta
- Peanut and Fruit Salad
- Pistachio and Rose Cake
- Pistachio Cranberry Cookies
- Namrata’s Ripe Papaya Salad
- My Mum’s Peas Kachori
- Passion Fruit Hot Sauce
- Coconut and Passion Fruit Muffins
Ingredients required for Persimmon Salsa Fresca
- Persimmon or Sharon fruit – ripe but firm
- Onion – red, white or green
- Tomato – firm. Remove the seeds if you wish, I don’t remove them as they are good as dietary fibre
- Cilantro – fresh, also known as coriander
- Jalapeño – use green chilis if you don’t get any jalapeño
- Lemon Juice – preferably fresh
- Salt – as per your taste
- Pepper – black pepper powder either fine or coarse. I prefer coarsely ground pepper powder
- Chilli Flakes – optional
- Gluten Free
- 2 large persimmon ripe
- 1 medium onion
- 1 large tomato
- ¼ cup fresh coriander/cilantro chopped
- 1 green chilli or jalapeño chopped
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ⅓ - ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper powder
- ¼ tsp chilli flakes optional
- Chop the persimmon, onion and tomato. Add all to a mixing bowl.
- Add the chopped chilli or jalapeño.
- Add in all the remaining ingredients and mix the salsa well.
- Serve along with your Mexican meal, enjoy it with some tortilla chips or on its own as a healthy salad.
- Make sure you use firm but ripe persimmon.
- Use firm tomato
- Adjust flavors according to your taste.
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September 10, 2020 at 4:17 am
Wow. super delicious persimmon salsa. This is my favourite fruit. I used to relish it in various forms when I lived in Brazil. We don’t easily find them in India.
September 10, 2020 at 10:56 am
Thanks Shobha, its true not so easily available in India but I remember having it in Mumbai. Next time you’re in Juhu you might find it there with the fruit and veggie vendors.
The Girl Next Door
September 11, 2020 at 2:12 pm
The salad looks so colourful and pretty! We don’t get persimmon very easily here, but I would love to try this out whenever I can. I love the simple dressing you have used here.
September 13, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Thank you so much Priya. I’ve been making the best use of persimmon till they are available.
September 16, 2020 at 2:52 pm
I love the wonderful recipe with all the goodies and the dressing ! and even better, the pics !! so bright, radiant and inviting !! did you use a reflector next to the window light, mayuri !! so so so good these pics are..
September 16, 2020 at 4:34 pm
Thank you so much Kalyani. I didn’t use a reflector as I don’t own one. I think I just caught the natural light at the right moment.
September 20, 2020 at 6:14 pm
Salad looks so colorful and tempting. We never get persimmon here. But your picture and description tempted me to try this fruit. Also loved your click. Pictures looks beautiful.
September 20, 2020 at 10:45 pm
Thank you so much Sujata. We too don’t get persimmon often here, but this year has been different.
September 20, 2020 at 10:08 am
I dont think I can take my eyes off this lovely platter. It looks so good, screams summer and yes to anything with persimmon in them.
September 20, 2020 at 10:52 pm
Thank you so much Seema. Yes, its absolutely a summery treat.
Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth
September 20, 2020 at 1:59 pm
I am yet to find persimmon in the market. It is one of my favorite fruits. There is nothing as sweet and silky as this when nicely ripe. I am totally intrigued by this salsa… Looks really colorful and sure to be delicious…
September 20, 2020 at 10:50 pm
Thank you so much Rafeeda, hope you’ll be able to try this recipe when you get some persimmon.
September 24, 2020 at 8:40 am
I love fruit based salsas. The natural sweetness compliments really well with the sharp onions and tangy tomatoes. Be it nachos, tortillas, these would pair well with anything.
September 24, 2020 at 10:44 pm
Thanks Vidya and yes salsa pairs well with almost anything.
September 25, 2020 at 4:38 pm
Can’t take my eyes off this colorful Persimmon Salsa. The salad sounds so refreshing and flavorful with just a handful of ingredients going in.
September 25, 2020 at 4:57 pm
Thank you so much Poonam. Its a very flavorful salsa to enjoy on its own too.
September 26, 2020 at 7:28 pm
I love persimmons and can eat them in any forms. So why not? I will definitely try making this yum salad. Looks awesome and you know me and salads and good food we are together always.
October 9, 2020 at 9:08 pm
Thank you so much Archana, hope you will try the salsa and enjoy it as much as we did.
September 27, 2020 at 10:34 pm
That’s such a fantastic idea, Mayuri! Just the other day, I saw persimmon at the local fruit stall and I was wondering what else I can make with them besides enjoying them on their own. Now I know! ❤️
September 28, 2020 at 5:23 pm
Thanks Maria, go on try out the salsa Fresca. We loved it.
September 29, 2020 at 1:19 am
Persimmons salsa sounds so flavourful and delicious. This sweet and spicy salsa is sure to be a hit in my place as this is one of the fruits that everyone in my family loves. Like the way you have presented and captured the bowl of this goodness!
September 29, 2020 at 6:19 pm
Thank you so much Geetha. Please do make it so your family can enjoy it.
September 30, 2020 at 4:12 pm
Wow, never heard of Persimmon fruit before. Its so nice to know about it. I bet it would have tasted divine in this salsa recipe. Beautiful picture, very nicely captured.
October 1, 2020 at 3:51 pm
Thank you so much Anshu. And do try out this easy salsa recipe.
September 29, 2020 at 4:19 am
Oh My god, how I wish to enjoy that bowl of salsa with some nachos or just on bruschetta ,This looks so refreshing and colorful, full of flavors !
September 29, 2020 at 6:18 pm
Thank you so much Paarul, I recently made it again and we had it with khakhra!
September 30, 2020 at 3:31 pm
Persimmon salsa Fresca looks refreshing and colourful. I can have this irresistible salad all day Long. I am a sucker for persimmons. Lovely clicks too.
October 1, 2020 at 3:52 pm
Thank you so much. Since you love persimmon, do try the recipe.
October 2, 2020 at 9:58 pm
Salsa looks so refreshing and colorful. Never know about this persimmon fruit. Lovely choice of ingredient and I can enjoy the whole plate.
October 2, 2020 at 10:40 pm
Thanks Narmadha. Persimmon is a delicious fruit.
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