Lately, I have been making a lot of jam, but today we’re focusing on persimmon jam. Hachiya Persimmon Jam, to be exact. Although there are many other persimmon varieties (Fuyu, Cinnamon, and Sweet Pumpkin), this specific recipe uses Hachiya Persimmons. Hachiya persimmons have shiny skin, and sweet, jelly-like texture. When ripe, they taste super sweet and don’t even require teeth to enjoy; I’m not kidding! You can literally suck the pulp right out of the soft, edible skin. So get your hands on some ripe Hachiya persimmons and let’s get this party started!
Every Fall, I get a surprise delivery; a bag full of beautiful Hachiya persimmons dropped off at my doorstep. I owe this surprise to my friend Rose’s mother, Roselyn. She is so sweet to think of me every year. I hope you have sweet people like Roselyn in your life too! Although I normally eat the persimmons as-is, this year I decided to try my hand at making Hachiya Persimmon Jam. I follow a similar ratio for most of my jams (Apple Pie Preserves, Plum Preserves, Strawberry-Fig Preserves) to name a few.
Persimmons are native to China and come in many varieties; the two most common being Hachiya and Fuyu. Hachiya persimmons are shaped like Roma tomatoes. But Fuyu persimmons are flat on the bottom and sort of squatty. Hachiya persimmons are very astringent because they contain a high content of tannins. As a result, they are undesirable to eat until very ripe and mushy. Fuyus, on the other hand, have fewer tannins and may be eaten while crisp. If you have the Fuyu variety, check out the following recipes: Fuyu Persimmon Preserves and Persimmon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Are Persimmons Good For You?
Persimmons boast a wealth of health benefits including the following:
- A great source of antioxidants.
- Abundant amounts of vitamins B, C, and thiamin.
- Aid in digestion
- Improve eyesight
- Reducing the risk of cancer
- Build up the immune system
- Lower blood pressure
- Aid weight loss.
I don’t know about you, but I can use a few of those benefits if not all of them! So be sure to stock up on this healthy fruit when it is in season, which is in Fall. If you’d like to grow a persimmon tree, I’m happy to report that they do well in the U.S., in Zones 4 through 9. More information about growing your own persimmon trees can be found on the Gardening Know How website. I’m going to attempt to grow my own tree in Montana, where we have 65 acres.
If you try this recipe, be sure to try my favorite way of eating this jam (with cream cheese, on toasted Sourdough Bread). So get those canning supplies ready, line up your mason jars, and let’s get busy making some persimmon jam!
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Persimmons are both healthy and delicious, so make this jam today!
- 1-1/2 lbs. very ripe persimmon pulp
- 12 oz sugar
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon powder
- 2 T. lemon juice fresh
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
Peel and pulp enough hachiya persimmons to yield 1-1/2 pounds of pulp. Use a kitchen scale to get an accurate weight. Puree using a food processor.
- Add persimmon pulp to a medium-sized pot and cover with 3/4 lb. sugar. Add cinnamon, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
- Stir all the ingredients and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.
Stir occasionally to prevent burning, and cook for an additional fifteen to 25 minutes, or until thickened. Because of the high content of pectin in persimmons, this jam thickens up a lot quicker than most jams.
- Ladle into sterilized jars and process in boiling water for an additional ten minutes.