A Fresh Christmas Persimmon Salad

Persimmon, sharon fruit, kaki or even ‘fruit of the gods’ is a unique and delicious fruit that either tastes like a fresh, sweet, fruity date or a sour and astringent berry. So pick well when you’re in the market. Look for ripe fruit that are not bruised but give a little when squeezed. At this time of year they’re everywhere and they work really well in savoury dishes as well as sweet.

Waste not: If your persimmons become over ripe, they make an amazing smoothie with banana and orange juice.

Ingredients - serves 4

2 ripe persimmons
Handful of hazelnuts
1 chicory or radicchio, separate leaves and wash
100g watercress
150g curd cheese
Extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon

Method

1) Toast the hazelnuts slightly then crush into large pieces.
2) Slice the persimmons to the thickness of a pound coin.
3) Construct the leaves on the plate interlaced with persimmon.
4) Blob the curd cheese around the plate and sprinkle with the hazelnuts.
5) Dress with the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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