Persimmon & Bergamot Fruit Curd | Easy Power Blender Recipe

Last month I got it into my head that I wanted to make a persimmon fruit curd. That was a little odd on my part really, since before this, I’d never even eaten persimmons at home – only on my travels. But this winter their orange piles have been beckoning me from several local grocery shops, and I was really keen to experiment. Once the idea of persimmon curd entered my brain, I couldn’t dislodge it!

Persimmons are a fascinating fruit. Bright orange with a smooth skin, at first glance they look a little like orange tomatoes or tomatillos, though they are related to neither. They vary in shape from round to ovoid and even square – such an unusual shape for fruit! – and the colour runs from light yellow-orange to dark red-orange. Botanically a berry, persimmons range in size from a couple of centimetres up to 9 centimetres but most I’ve come across are towards the larger end of that scale.

The most widely cultivated variety is the oriental persimmon Diospyros kaki, native to China where it has been cultivated for more than 2000 years. In Japan, persimmons are known as kaki fruit and are hugely popular. You may also know them as sharon fruit, the name by which the fruit is marketed in Israel, another key producer.

Persimmon Fruits in Japan 2013 Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle-2852 Persimmon Fruits in Japan 2012 Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle-2574

I first tasted them in Japan; they were in season during our two Autumn trips and many trees still had the orange fruits hanging to their branches, though all the leaves had long since fallen. Market stalls and supermarkets created striking displays of huge piles of evenly sized and coloured fruits.

Persimmon Fruits in Japan 2012 Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle-2827 Persimmon Fruits in Japan 2013 Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle-5805

When under ripe, the taste of many persimmon varieties is rather astringent; the high levels of tannin are unpleasantly mouth-puckering. Other varieties, such as the Japanese fuyu, are much less bitter and can therefore be enjoyed when not fully ripe – at this stage the flesh is still firm and crisp.

When fully ripe, the flesh becomes jelly-like with a rich flavour and intense sweetness.

They are also enjoyed dried, a great way of preserving a seasonal favourite.

Persimmon Fruits in Japan 2013 Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle-3099

Having fixated on the idea of making fruit curd, which is known as fruit butter in North America by the way, I wanted very ripe fruits with sweet, jellied interiors so I was delighted to spot a bowl of seven slightly-past-their-best persimmons for £1 at one of my local ethnic grocery shops. I can rarely walk past the displays of fruit lined along the outside front of the shop without buying something good to eat!

Persimmon and Bergamot Fruit Curd in a Power Blender on Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle-8006 Persimmon and Bergamot Fruit Curd in a Power Blender on Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle-8021

My first attempt – persimmon and lemon curd – had a wonderful flavour but I blended it for it too long and as it overheated, the eggs curdled. In the mouth, it still felt super smooth and didn’t taste eggy but visually, it had a curdled texture.

For my second trial I adjusted the recipe ratios a touch, but changed the timings a lot and that resulted in a thick, silky smooth curd that was everything I hoped it would be. I also increased volumes to use the remainder of the persimmons, but you can certainly scale the recipe down to two thirds or even a third, easily enough.

I also switched lemon for bergamot on the second run, as I had a couple on hand. Bergamot are actually sour oranges but their yellow skin and sour flesh and juice mean they make a perfect substitute for lemons, and their zest gives off that trademark Earl Grey scent – the tea is flavoured with bergamot oil extracted from the skin of these distinctive citrus fruits.

Persimmon and Bergamot Fruit Curd in a Power Blender on Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle-8009 Persimmon and Bergamot Fruit Curd in a Power Blender on Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle-8019

The flower-shaped calyx of the persimmon fruit can be hard to remove, more so when the fruits are not fully ripe. My tip is to place the fruits upside down on the chopping board, calyx-side down. Cut the fruit in half until the knife is pushing on the calyx. Then take the two halves of the fruit, still joined at the calyx, and pull them apart. The calyx will remain attached to one half. You can then either pull it off by hand or use a sharp knife to cut it away from the fruit.

Because I wanted super ripe fruits, there were a few patches on some of the persimmons that were too ripe to use. I cut these out and discarded them. To get 500 grams of chopped fruit (skin on) I used four fruits.

Persimmon Fruit Curd on Kavey Eats © Kavita Favelle (overlay)

Persimmon & Bergamot Fruit Curd | Power Blender Recipe

Makes approximately 1 litre fruit curd; can be scaled down as required

Ingredients
500 grams roughly chopped persimmon fruit (see note below on peeling)
200 grams caster sugar
zest of 2 bergamot oranges (or 1 lemon)
120 ml bergamot orange juice (or lemon juice)
3 whole eggs + 3 egg yolks
150 grams butter, roughly cubed
0.5 teaspoon salt

Note: Because I knew my Froothie Optimum power blender could handle them, I decided to keep the skin on to add extra colour and fibre. However, the skin is pretty tough so if you make this using a less powerful blender, you may prefer to peel the fruit.

Note: The Froothie Optimum 9400 has an incredibly powerful motor that powers the blade to 44,000 rpm – and it’s the friction generated by that speed which heats up the mixture as it blends, allowing you to blend and cook the curd in one step. If you make this using a less powerful blender, you may need to transfer the blended mixture to a pan and cook over very gentle heat to thicken the curd.

Note: I sterilise my jam jars in the oven (and boil lids in a saucepan on the stove) before I start weighing and preparing ingredients. Before I transfer ingredients to the blender jug to make the curd, I remove the jars from the oven and lay the lids out onto a clean tea towel, so they cool off a little before I pour the finished curd into the jars a few minutes later.

Method

  • Place all ingredients except butter into the blender jug and switch on at low power. Smoothly turn up the power to full. After about a minute the ingredients should be blended into a super smooth liquid.
  • With the blender still on, remove the cap in the lid and gently drop the butter in piece by piece. I took about a minute to drop all the butter into the mix.
  • Blend for another two to three minutes until the jug starts to feel a little warm to the touch. Don’t let it get really hot – you don’t want to overheat the curd.
  • As soon as the jug feels warm, switch off the blender and dip a spoon in to check taste and texture. The curd should be thick and smooth. If it is, you’re done. If not, blend for a little longer and check again.
  • Transfer straight into still-warm sterilised jam jars and seal.

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37 Comments to "Persimmon & Bergamot Fruit Curd | Easy Power Blender Recipe"

  1. Mamta Gupta

    Looks lovely and I bet tastes lovely too :). I love persimomn/sharon fruits and always buy them when I see them. They are available in abundance in our LIDL (and I guess ALDI too) and Pakistani/Indian shops these days.
    I wonder if it will work with a sweetener for diabetics like me? Only one way to find out, I will try making it.

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  2. Janie

    Well that was an interesting read Kavey, I’ve never tasted persimmon or bergamot (although I do love Earl Grey tea). Half of me really wants to go shopping and find both right now, whilst the other (lazier) half of me doesn’t want to move from next to this fire!
    Janie x

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    Kavey

    Ha ha haaa, love that, it’s my kind of dilemma! Thank you so much, glad it was interesting. Persimmon is a lovely flavour, not super strong. The bergamot only scents it a little at these quantities, it’s mostly subbing for lemon but I fancied ringing the changes a little!

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  3. Kavey

    This recipe makes a good volume so you can keep plenty for yourself – for bread, between thick layers of cakes, on scones or just spooned from the jar!

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  4. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    Wow! You have persimmons in stores near you? Whereabouts! I have never seen them in this country – like you I’ve only had them abroad. This recipe looks fab. So many new to me ingredients here. I have a bergamot tea but had no idea what bergamot actually was. You’ve certainly inspired me to experiment with some more exciting ingredients 🙂

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    Kavey

    I’m in North Finchley and several of our local grocery stores, all within 5 minutes walk of me, have them in stock. We have lots of Turkish and Middle Eastern stores, some Asian ones and I think one of the Polish grocery shops has them too.

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  5. Kavey

    Thanks Peter, I think that’s what made me want to do it… I have been intending to do a fruit curd in the blender for ages and when I kept seeing persimmon this winter, that was it, I wanted to give it a go! Delighted with the results!

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  6. Tracy | Baking Mischief

    There’s something so special about eating foods that you first tried abroad! Every time you do, there’s this wonderful sense memory of a very specific time and place. I love it. This curd looks great! So simple and easy.

    I’m so excited to find this recipe! Every year, without fail, someone gives me a giant box of persimmons and I never know what to do with them. I am definitely going to try this.

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    kaveyeats

    You’re exactly right, that sense of memory of the trip is a magical thing! Hope you will enjoy this recipe next time you are given a box! (Love that kind of gift!)

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  7. kaveyeats

    I hadn’t either really until this winter, maybe I’d missed them before but I reckon they’ve just become more readily available recently!

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  8. Elizabeth

    How utterly gorgeous does this sound and look! I have a few of these fruits in my fridge just now but I’m not sure what to do with them. You’ve inspired me!

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  9. Kavey

    Haaa, yes I figured it was worth my explaining why there’s that other name for them, it’s a newer name, only came about when the Israeli triumph variety was launched, but it’s the more prevalent name in some countries.

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  10. kellie@foodtoglow

    You always give such great tutorials and information, Kavey. I am seeing both persimmons around (still) and spotted some bergamots in a trendy organic food store so I may just make this as a Mother’s Day gift for my mother-in-law. I think she would absolutely love this kind of original taste. Lovely.

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  11. Ceri Jones

    I went through a lemon curd phase a few years ago – love that unctuous yummy stuff. Not tried branching out to other flavours, but love the idea of using these interesting flavours. I never know what to do with persimmons, they were so popular in California when I lived there, but less so here in the UK.

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    kaveyeats

    Hi Ceri, I’ve so rarely had persimmons but wanted to try this, so happy it turned out deliciously!

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  12. Choclette

    Ooh how wonderful Kavie. Love your mix of fruits used and I’m now excited about trying curd in a blender. It hadn’t occurred to me the Froothie would heat up enough to do it.

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    kaveyeats

    Yes I’ve used it previously to create custard and soup and it gets it piping steaming hot!

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