Each year beginning in late October to mid November the persimmons begin to ripen around Sonoma county. Sadly, for most of the trees I see around the area, the fruit never gets fully utilized. As the fruits ripen they tend to stay on the branches throughout the winter unless picked by humans or another animal. It is such a shame too. Just think of all of the great things you can do with persimmons. Their strangely tropical characteristics pair nicely with many spices such as cinnamon and cardamom. With a little imagination, breads, cookies, and even great pies can be made from all types of persimmon fruit.
The pie recipe that follows, just kind of unfolded before me as I was trying to figure out what to do with all of this great fruit. The combination of persimmon, walnuts, and Mexican cinnamon really work well together! Click "Read More" for the details.