Persimmon Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Based on a tip in Alice Waters’ cookbook, The Art of Simple Food, that fuyu persimmons make a good fruit salad, I begged some just picked fuyus from my neighbor and fellow blogger Andrea and set about to make this colorful harvest salad.

Persimmons come in two main varieties—fuyu, which are firm and sweet, shaped like a squat pumpkin and can be eaten like an apple, and hachiya, which are acorn shaped and extremely astringent until they are soupy ripe.

Fuyu Persimmons

This persimmon fruit salad is made with the apple-like fuyu variety. To the persimmons I added pomegranate seeds, diced Granny Smith apple, a little lemon juice, mint, and some honey.

Oh, my gosh. This is one of the best fruit salads I’ve ever had, and one of the best things I’ve ever made. So simple too. The mint, lemon, and honey are the only dressing the fruit need.

Persimmon Pomegranate Fruit Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 3 fuyu persimmons, peeled, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces), seeds (if any) discarded
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 Granny Smith or Fuji apple, peeled, cored, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 7-10 leaves fresh mint, thinly sliced crosswise (stack then, then roll them up like a cigar and take slices from the end)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey



Gently toss all of the ingredients together.

Keeps for at least a couple of days in the refrigerator, but best eaten same day it is made.

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  • clotilde

    “Soupy ripe” — I love the description! A very accurate one, too…

    I’d love to try fuyu persimmons sometime, but they’re not as easily available as their hachiya cousins here in Paris.

  • jonathan

    Fuyu? Oh really? Fu me once, shame on you. Fu me twice, shame on…

    Never mind.

    I’ve never prepared a persimmon (and, if I’ve eaten one, I wasn’t aware).

    They look like tomatoes, but you say they’re more like apples. Do they peel easily?

    The ruby-red hue of the pomegranate seeds is beautiful in the photo.

  • Susan

    This looks like a great fruit salad. My mother used to buy persimmons when I was little. I’d love to make this for her. I have seen these persimmons in the market, but I have no idea how to tell what the good ones look like. How do you tell if they are ripe?

    Also, every time I buy fresh pomegranates, the seeds are kind of crunchy, even after I have let them sit for several days. Are they supposed to be like that?

  • Robin

    This sounds amazing and simple, the best combination! And perfect for this time of year, since I have persimmons and pomegranates aplenty. Thank you for the great idea.

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