Farmers' Market Products
All of the fresh fruits and vegetables in our farmers' market are brought to you by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crops. While the diversity of climate and growing areas in California allow for an incredible diversity of farm-fresh products to be available throughout the year, the fruits and vegetables the farmers harvest and that you will in the market changes with the seasons. Choose an item from the list at the left to learn more about some of the products in season now.
This week's featured product is Persimmons.
In California, hundreds of different varieties of persimmons flourish. The two most common varieties are the dark orange, acorn-shaped Hachiya and the light orange, tomato-shaped Fuyu.
Hachiyas undergo a "bletting" or fermentation process before being consumed, which removes the astringency of the natural tanins in the fruit. Once the Hachiya persimmon has ripened to a soft, juicy mess, you can spoon out its exquisitely sweet and delicate pulp.
Fuyus, however, can be eaten while still firm. Their characterisitc flavor make persimmons great in salads, breads and desserts, dried in a traditional Japanese fashion known as Hoshigaki, or simply on their own.
Click here to find producers growing persimmons.
Click here to find recipes using persimmons.
One serving of persimmons is 1 fruit, without refuse.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2009. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata.